Illinois State Police look for East St. Louis man wanted for murder

News-DemocratMay 30, 2014 

Michael C. Williams II.

CAROLE BRIGGS — Provided/BND

A second man was charged Friday in connection with a 2011 Christmas Eve murder in Washington Park but police have not located him and they are asking for the public's help.

Michael C. Williams II, 25, of 1855 N. 44th St. in East St. Louis, was charged Friday with first-degree murder. The victim was 35-year-old Edward Austin of 2124 N. 49th St. in Washington Park.

Police are still looking for Williams, who was last known to be in the East St. Louis area.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call Illinois State Police Special Agent Jamie Brunnworth at 618-346-3759 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

Illinois State Police Lt. David Bivens said police were called to 49th Street in Washington Park at 3:50 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2011. Austin's body was found in his home at 2124 N. 49th St. after police received a burglary call.

Police did not provide a motive for the murder.

Ramos L. Sanders, 28, of 2619 Louisiana Blvd, has already convicted of first-degree murder in Austin's death and was sentenced to serve 50 years in prison by St. Clair County Judge Robert Haida.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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