Jerrell WilliamsAge 19
30 Nov 1997
Mobile, Alabama (USA)
TDoR list ref: tdor.info/Nov 1997/Jerrell Williams
Jerrell was stabbed and slashed in the throat by Tavares Demetrius some time during November 1997. Seven years later Demetrius pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years.
MOBILE - A judge imposed a 15-year sentence for manslaughter on a Mobile man who said demons made him stab and slash the throat of a cross-dressing teenager.
Tavares Demetrius Forrest, 27, pleaded guilty Thursday to the manslaughter charge in the death of Derrell Williams, 19. The judge ordered that Forrest undergo mental health treatment while in prison and to continue treatment should he go free.
The body of Williams was found lying face-down in Spanish Plaza, just southwest of the center of downtown, early on a November morning in 1997. He was dressed in women's attire, and a kitchen knife was sticking out of his throat.
Six years later, in August 2003, Forrest walked into FBI head-quarters in downtown Mobile and later confessed to police that lie was the killer. Forrest's lawyer, Jan Jones, said the killing occurred during "an absolute chance encounter on the street."
According to a statement, Forrest said demons apparently required him to make a human sacrifice that would allow him to free himself from their torment.