Police: Smyrna Man Fled After Killing Wife

Smyrna police are looking for Derrick Williams, who is accused of strangling his wife to death, and is currently at large.

Smyrna police are looking for a man who is considered armed and dangerous in connection with the Dec. 5 death of his wife.

Derrick Williams of Smyrna, 35, is wanted for killing his wife, 33-year-old Finesse Dawson, said Smyrna police spokesman Michael Smith.

Smith said autopsy results from the Cobb County Medical Examiner revealed evidence of strangulation as a cause of death.

After allegedly beating and strangling his wife to death, Williams cleaned up his wife's body and wrapped her in bedding to hide the crime before fleeing the scene, according to investigators. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "Williams is a convicted felon who spent seven months in prison last year on weapon and drug charges," and was again arrested in February for "allegedly punching his wife and cutting all four tires on her car with a steak knife."

Williams remained on the run as of Tuesday afternoon. Authorities have obtained warrants to arrest him for malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravate assault, concealing the death of other and the possession of marijuana.

Anyone with information regarding Derrick Williams' location is asked to call 911 or the Smyrna Police Department at 770-434-9481 or 770-434-6666.

30080 December 12, 2012 at 02:40 PM
They arrested him in Reno Nevada. Yesterday or today. I can't believe he said his wife died of a drug overdose. It's unfortunate but domestic violence doesn't end until the spouse dies. And the most dangerous time is when the woman leaves. It's a serious problem.
Lissa M. December 12, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Who thinks it's time to get rid of all the apts.(slums) in Smyrna?
Diesel December 12, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Awesome job catching that POS!!!!
Smyrna Resident December 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Not Always the "Slum" This couple lived in a house, not an apartment and crime and or domestic violence dosen't discrimate against anyone; race, financial background, or where you live.
226 December 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
The suspect lived in a house. Last time I checked the city is down two apartment complexes Hickory Lake and The Highlands.


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