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Washington Park murder suspect arrested nearly a year later

Michael C. Williams, 26, of Washington Park, was arrested nearly a year after he was charged with murder.
Michael C. Williams, 26, of Washington Park, was arrested nearly a year after he was charged with murder. Provided

Nearly a year after he was charged with murder and fled, a 26-year-old Washington Park man was arrested this week after he was found hiding in a back bedroom.

Michael C. Williams, 26, of Washington Park was arrested Monday morning after U.S. Marshal Service deputies found him hiding in a back bedroom at 702 Moorehouse Court in Centreville, U.S. Marshal Don Slaznick said. Williams on May 20 was charged by St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly with the first-degree murder of Edward Austin, but fled before he could be arrested.

Slaznick said the Marshal Service began looking for him in June and received information that Williams fled to Texas.

“We developed information that he had returned to the metro-east,” Slaznick said. “We learned that he was in an apartment in Centreville.”

Williams on Thursday was being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of bail set at $500,000.

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