A timeline of the quadruple murder investigation - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

A timeline of the quadruple murder investigation

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – As Lee Roy Williams, 52, sits in the Calcasieu Correctional Center, many wonder what the next step will be.

Will he be charged with murder? Or does he simply have important information to help detectives solve the quadruple murder investigation?

Before it goes any further, KPLC took a look back over the last week, back to last Friday (Sept. 3rd), when authorities said it all started:

Friday, Sept. 3rd

  • According to Calcasieu Parish detectives, Crystal Fruge, Kendrick Lavergne, Terry Banks, Jessica Eugene and Lee Roy Williams all go to dinner at Fruge's mother's house on Friday evening.

Saturday, Sept. 4th

  • Detectives said a few hours later, around 3 a.m., Fruge, Lavergne, Banks and Eugene are all killed in Fruge's trailer.

Monday, Sept. 6th

  • More than 48 hours go by before the bodies are discovered. Fruge's mother goes to check on her daughter shortly before 10 a.m. According to investigators, the mother finds her daughter's lifeless body on the floor near the doorway. She calls police and a few minutes later they find three other bodies (Lavergne, Banks and Eugene), each in separate rooms.
  • As the forensic team investigates, neighbors are in disbelief as local media converge on the trailer park.
  • On Monday evening, authorities release a photo of the license plate from a 2000 dark blue Ford Explorer, registered to Lee Roy Williams and last seen parked outside Fruge's trailer a few days before.

Tuesday, Sept. 7th

  • The victims' names are officially announced.

Wednesday, Sept. 8th

  • Authorities name Williams a "strong person of interest" in their investigation.
  • KPLC 7 News travels to Meridian, Mississippi, the last known residence of Williams. An ex-girlfriend tells the station Williams has not been there in a couple of months.
  • In Iowa, Louisiana, a pair of Baton Rouge guests at a hotel report unusual behavior from a man they had seen earlier matching Williams' description. They alert an Iowa Police officer, who turns this information over to Calcasieu Sheriff's deputies.

Thursday, Sept. 9th

  • Memorial Services are held for Crystal Fruge.
  • Detectives travel to Baton Rouge to interview the hotel guests. Information obtained in Baton Rouge leads authorities to the blue Ford Explorer and ultimately to Williams himself.
  • After a one hour standoff with police near the LSU campus, Williams is taken into custody.

Friday, Sept. 10th

  • Williams is brought to the Calcasieu Correctional Center in Lake Charles. He denies knowing anything about the four murders.
  • Williams is held on an unrelated drug charge and labeled as a material witness in the quadruple murder investigation. His bond is set at $5 million.

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