Chicago ILL DEC 31 2010- Two days after arresting 18 year old Bernard Williams for the murder of a Chicago police officer, investigators were going to new depths to find the murder weapon. As Williams appeared in bond court, for the murder and robbery of SWAT officer David Blake, investigators were searching a sewer on the southwest side.
The activity Thursday morning was going on in the alley behind the home where Williams was arrested, on West 83rd Place near Saint Louis Avenue. Police brought in sanitation workers with a truck for reaching into the sewer. They were acting on information, presumably from Williams, that the gun had been disassembled and disposed of in the sewer. It’s not clear if they found anything.
Williams could face the death penalty, prosecutors said in court, as they detailed the evidence against him, much of which came from his videotaped confession. They said Williams’ sister was dating Blake, and that in late October Williams went to Blake’s home to watch a football game. While there Williams learned that Blake kept guns in a bedroom safe, and even got Blake to show him the weapons, prosecutors said.
“It was then that he began to formulate a plan to steal those guns,” said Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jaimie Santini.
On November 22nd, Williams used a ruse to get Blake to pick him up. He convinced Blake to drive to a secluded area on the southwest side known as “Dead Man’s Alley.” There Williams said he had to get something from a friend’s house.
“When the defendant returned to the victim’s car, the defendant produced a gun and shot the victim six times killing him.”
Blake was shot from inside his SUV, and was found with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, even though he did not smoke.
Police say the motivation for the murder was simple.
“Williams’ motive was to shoot and kill Officer Blake for the purpose of stealing weapons inside of his residence,” said Superintendent Jody Weis.
Prosecutors say after his arrest Williams confessed to the murder, and to stealing Blake’s key ring, which held his car keys, his house key and the key to his safe.
Weis said the investigation took so long because there were no obvious leads at the scene. It was only after scouring through thousands of computer and phone records that they turned up Williams as a person of interest.
A judge ordered that Williams be held without bail. He returns to court January 18th.
SOURCE; FOX NEWS