Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces charges against a Rockford man in reference to a murder that happened in April.
On April 7th, 2019, Rockford Police Officers were called to a home in the 600 Block of Alliance Avenue for a death investigation. Officers found the body of a deceased male inside the home.
The victim was later identified as Samuel Randolph, 64 of Rockford. The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy and determined that Randolph died as a result of blunt force trauma to the body. Detectives conducted a follow up investigation that was recently reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, First Degree Murder charges have been authorized against Douglas Williams (D.O.B. 1/13/1963). Williams is currently in custody at the Winnebago County Jail on unrelated charges. A $2 million warrant has been issued on the murder charges.
First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with a possible extended term sentence of Natural Life followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
NOTE: Winnebago County Sheriff Office (Or any local police departments) RARELY releases any press releases, so do not expect an update on this story. Sorry, but this is what happens when they encrypted.
Sources are reporting another shooting incident in Rockford.
This one happened just before 10 pm near the area of Andrews and Alliance.
RPD does confirm a weapons violation at this location.
It is not clear if there were any victims. RPD was at the residence on the Northwest corner of the intersection. It is not yet know if the house was struck by gunfire. But RPD was at that house.
For obvious reasons (encryption) no suspect information is available
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UPDATE: One person has been injured. Burn to the hand. Unknown if it is an emergency personnel who was injured, or if it was the resident. Flames are confirmed and RFD laying a booster line to battle the house fire.
Around 10 AM several emergency personnel were responding to a house fire in Rockford.
Initial reports are saying there’s a house fire in the 600 block of Alliance. Smoke and flames are reported coming from the house.
Unknown at the houses occupied at this time.
This is still developing check back later for updates