Williams confession video released

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA. (KPLC) -Lee Roy Williams' confession video has been unsealed and we hear in his own words what happened just before he killed four people inside a mobile home Labor Day weekend.

The video was made by deputies who questioned Williams after his arrest.  He told them, "That night when Crystal came back home and when she asked me to leave I got upset."

In the video he stops short of giving details of the killings, but explains what led up to it was his anger that Crystal Rruge was going to kick him out of her trailer where he had been staying. Williams said, "I told them, well the car is good. We'll go in the morning. Chris told me, 'No. You have to get out now.'"  The deputy later talks to Williams about a confrontation between he and the two men in the trailer, Kendrick Lavergne and Terry Banks.  The deputy asks, "You say you got two coming at you now. You said K-Boo (Kendrick Lavergne) came up and got in your face and Terry tried to help him. What happened at that point?"  Williams tells the deputy.  "I snapped. I snapped. Especially when I seen Terry with the gun. "

Later he talks more about the gun and that he eventually had it.  As well, he eventually asks for a lawyer. "I don't know how I ended up with the gun but I pushed Terry back out of the room and I got the gun."  The deputy asks Williams, "He was talking down to you?"  Williams responds, "Talking down to me real bad."  The deputy goes on, "Disrespecting you?" "Very much so, " said Williams.  Later Williams admits, "I had the gun and I didn't know how to use it at first but I figured it out. And when I did I told K-Boo to get out of my face. He wouldn't. He turned away and when he turned away..."  At this point on the video Williams shifts in his seat, hesitant to continue talking.  "Maybe I should have a lawyer right here," he says. At that point the interview ended though he did still make a few comments.

Earlier on the video he asks about the death penalty. "Say for instance a man comes to you and he says, 'Okay I did this, but I want the death penalty and I want it right away. Could he get that?"  In other parts on the tape he asks deputies, "What's going to happen to me?"  A deputy responds, "What do you think is going to happen?"  Williams admits, "Gonna take me and put me on death row."

The video was played at a hearing soon after Williams arrest and no doubt would have been a critical piece of evidence had he gone to trial. Instead Williams pleaded guilty to four counts of first degree murder and is now serving life in prison.

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