UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — A 25-year-old Clinton, Maryland man accused of killing three girls, including his own sister, was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury.
“Antonio Williams was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.
Police say his mother asked Williams to watch his 6-year-old sister Nadira Withers and his cousins 6-year-old Ajayah Decree and 9-year-old Ariana Decree.
The cousins were visiting from New Jersey.
But investigators say on Aug. 18, Williams’ mother returned from working an overnight shift and found the girls stabbed in a bed.
Police say Williams admitted stabbing the girls but why they were killed remains a mystery.
“We have not been able to determine a motive in that case. We believe it is a strong case. The evidence is extremely strong in the case, and we believe that we will be able to return convictions,” Alsobrooks said.
Tensions around the case remain high.
A late-August hearing for Williams erupted into a near-brawl between divided family members.
Williams could be heard from outside the courtroom shouting for his mother before he was finally brought in. He was restrained by three extra deputies. Five more deputies were posted in the gallery.
With deputies still restraining him at the table, he screamed, “That’s my mom” and “I’m not the one you’re looking for.”
The chaos was so overwhelming that the judge was forced to give up on the hearing.
As Williams was being escorted out of the courtroom, his mother stood up. “He needs me,” she screamed.
It was then that other family members began screaming back — with frequent profanity — before order was restored by deputies. Family members were ready to, and tried to, fight.
WTOP’s William Vitka contributed to this report.