Williams charged in the Labor Day quadruple murder - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Williams charged in the Labor Day quadruple murder

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Accused of killing four people Labor Day weekend, Lee Roy Williams has been re-booked into the Calcasieu Parish Jail, charged with four counts of first degree murder in one of the parish's deadliest crimes. 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced the new charges Tuesday afternoon. Investigators believed Williams "acted alone" and stressed the investigation is far from over. "We're not anywhere close to being finished," said Mancuso.

Lee Roy Williams is charged with killing 28-year-old Crystal Dawn Fruge, 29-year-old Kendrick Warren Lavergne, 19-year-old Terry Lynn Banks and 26-year-old Jessica M. Eugene. The Calcasieu Parish Coroner said the victims most likely died early Saturday morning on September fourth, around 3:00 a.m. Their bodies were not found until Labor Day, more than 48 hours later.

During Tuesday's news conference, the Sheriff said they're currently looking for several items of evidence they believe Williams took from the scene and tried to sell or trade. Mancuso is asking for the public's help to locate these items. 

Mancuso wouldn't go into details about the items, but believe Williams sold or traded them on or around September fourth. When asked by the media if the items they were searching for were weapons, Mancuso responded, "the items could be weapons."

Williams was in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning to face attempted murder charges, then driven back to Lake Charles only to find out he's being charged with four counts of first degree murder.

Court records show Williams reportedly has prior arrests and convictions for involuntary manslaughter and breaking/entering in North Carolina and larceny and forgery arrests and convictions in Mississippi.  Authorities say he is a known crack cocaine user and frequents areas known for drug activity.  He has been described as being a transient and has been known to frequent homeless shelters and food centers.

Williams most recent addresses before living at the home with Crystal Fruge in Lake Charles were in Meridian, Mississippi, and Chicago, Illinois.

Meanwhile, investigators want to hear from the public. If you know anything about the items allegedly sold or traded by Williams, you are urged to call your local law enforcement or Crime Stoppers at 337-439-2222, or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-431-3605.

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