Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Murder of Radio Legend Steven B. Williams

Seeking Justice

On Dec. 18, 2008, a preliminary hearing was held to determine whether Morrow should stand trial. His attorney, Deputy Public Defender Michael Ooley, did not present any witnesses.

At the end of two days' proceedings, Ooley told the judge that Williams had often been depressed on his birthday and that his body had been found around that time. Ooley suggested that the gunshot wound might have been self-inflicted.

Judge James Ideman didn't find that theory conclusive, though, and ordered Morrow to stand trial.

Debbie Morrow divorced her husband, in shock over events. She said in an email to a friend, "Oh my God, I can't believe he would do these horrible things, I guess I didn't really know him."

She found that all their assets were in Morrow's sole name and that she was unable to get title to his yacht. She had been told that Williams was simply a cook and had believed it.

Awaiting trial in jail, Morrow didn't get many visitors but did receive phone calls from a sister in which he would proclaim his innocence and make plans for a life outside of jail. Ironically, he had a job in jail working in the kitchen.

Clark meanwhile prepared for Morrow's trial, which was scheduled for March 2011. He felt fortunate to have so much evidence that just landed in his lap.

"I take the credit for . . . connecting the dots," the detective said. "We put this case together because of the victim's friends who gave me the timeline and the motive. Steven Williams was a modest individual who believed he was going to go around the world with the suspect and open up a restaurant with his inheritance. He was swindled out of his money and killed when he confronted the suspect and tried to get it back."


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