Robert Williams was sentenced to death by the State of Ohio for the sexual assault and murder of an elderly woman. According to court documents Robert Williams would force his way into the victims apartment where he would sexually assault and murder the 88 year old woman, Velma McDowell. Robert Williams would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
Robert Williams 2021 Information
Gender Male Race Black
Admission Date 09/08/1999
Institution Chillicothe Correctional Institution
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A man who told police he had consensual sex with an 88-year-old woman but had nothing to do with her death was convicted Wednesday of killing and raping her.
Robert Williams Jr., 35, told police that Velma McDowell invited him into her apartment Feb. 18 and they had sex. He said he panicked afterward and placed a pair of pantyhose around her neck, pulling once but not killing her.
A jury convicted Williams of murder, rape, burglary and robbery. Jurors will begin deciding Thursday whether he should be sentenced to die or given life in prison. Prosecutors will push for the death penalty.
Defense attorney Merle Dech said he wouldn’t comment until the sentence is determined.
Williams was staying with his mother at the apartment complex where Mrs. McDowell lived. Neighbors said Mrs. McDowell often left her door open and they saw Williams near her apartment around the time of the slaying.
He shoved a rag down her throat, raped her and strangled her with the pantyhose, police said. He admitted taking about $300 from her purse to pay for a car and crack cocaine.