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Grand Jury indicts man on rape and murder charges

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Carlos A. Mitchell faces charges of malice murder, rape, aggravated assault and burglary in the stabbing killing of Johnnie Bell Williams, court documents state.

The indictments were handed down Wednesday by the Dougherty County grand jury.

"We will continue to act to bring this case to justice," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty Judicial Circuit district attorney. "At this point we are not seeking the death penalty. The earliest the trial could take place is July."

Under no bail, Mitchell is in Dougherty County jail, Edwards said.

Mitchell, 24, is accused of raping Williams, 58, at knife point and then fatally stabbing her in the stomach, back and chest, court documents state.

When officers arrived at Williams' apartment at 1513 Whiting Ave. they found her body in the kitchen, an affidavit for a search warrant stated.

"The above listed suspect (Mitchell) was on the scene upon arrival of the family," the affidavit continued. "The suspect was known to have blood all over himself as he walked out of the kitchen area."

Williams is the sister of Bishop Frederick Williams Sr. of the Gethsemane Worship Center on 10th Avenue. He was influenced to start a youth oriented organization, Stop the Violence, after his sister's death.

Williams could not be reached Thursday for comment.