Acres Homes suspect faces more charges

September 24, 2009 2:42:30 PM PDT
Detectives have officially tied LaMarques McWilliams to a murder and a number of rapes in the Acres Homes area. He appeared in probable cause court overnight.LaMarques McWilliams, 33, was in probable cause court downtown, where a judge informed him of the charges for which he is in custody. The charges he faces are serious, and police say they're not done investigating him yet.

The charges are mounting against McWilliams, under investigation for a string of rapes and murders in and around Houston, specifically in the Acres Homes neighborhood. He's behind bars on two aggravated sexual assault charges. McWilliams heard officially about four more charges in court. He's behind bars, held on $100,000 bond for each charge.

The charges date back more than a decade to the aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in 1996, an aggravated sexual assault in February of 2006, the murder of Pamela Goss in April of 2006 and another aggravated sexual assault in May of this year.

The probable cause hearing included the brutal details of each case, in which McWilliams, it's claimed by police, used a butcher knife to intimidate his victims, killing Pamela Goss by stabbing her. In one of the aggravated sexual assault cases, the prosecution described how he forced one woman into a car.

"He held a large butcher in his hands as though he was going to stab the complainant," said a prosecutor. "He told the complainant to get in the vehicle or he would gut her."

At least two victims identified him by photos, according to law enforcement, and DNA strings all these cases together.

McWilliams' attorney says he wants to challenge the DNA evidence and claims his client is innocent. McWilliams is due back in court again tomorrow.

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