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Simpson gets life in prison for murder

Monty Simpson

Monty Simpson

ALBANY, Ga. -- A Dollar Inn resident was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the March 15 blunt-force- trauma murder of his live-in girlfriend at the motel.

A Dougherty County jury found Monty Simpson guilty of the beating and strangulation murder of Beverly Williams, 51, on Jan. 28. Judge Denise Marshall handed down a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole at about 12:45 p.m.

"He can't get parole for 30 years," said Kathy Fallin, assistant district attorney. "I think justice was served. He'll be 86 if he gets out on parole."

Marshall handed down the sentence after hearing from the victim's husband, Richard Williams. He referred to Simpson saying that he had only tried to help the victim, who suffered from emotional problems.

"I don't find the story acceptable from the defense. He brutally hurt a woman who was so sick," Williams said. "I think he should pay for it and pay for a long time."

Explaining the reasoning behind the sentence, Marshall said the financial difficulties Simpson and his victim faced, their drinking and her mental problems, did not excuse the "brutality" of the murder he committed.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy report, Williams suffered multiple copious discharges of blood from blood vessels as well as abrasions and bruises to the forehead, nose, cheeks, lips and chin during the beating. Her arms and legs suffered similar bruises, hemorrhages and contusions.

This was the last beating that Williams suffered at the hands of Simpson. It was not the first.

During the trial phase, Fallin built her case upon a pattern of abuse that could have lasted for the seven years of the couple's relationship. Testimony during the trial by Albany Police Department officers pointed out at least three other occasions when Simpson beat Williams while they lived in Albany.

Before the couple moved into the Dollar Inn, they resided at the Superior Creek Lodge. On the witness stand Bertram Ashley, the lodge assistant manager, said that on Aug. 29, 2010 he saw "a lady come flying out the door of a room, hit the steel guardrail head first and then slide down."

When police arrived, they found Williams back in the room with abrasions and lacerations to her face and hands, while Simpson stood over her with his hands balled into fists, Fallin said.

Officer Janel Herring asked Simpson for identification. She said he showed her a $20 bill and said Herring could have it if she did not arrest him.

Herring said, "I told him that wasn't an ID."

Simpson turned to a male officer and, according to trial testimony, indicated his victim Williams. "She's just a woman, help me out," he reportedly said.

Williams left behind four children, ranging in age from 17 to 28, all living in Florida. They have not seen their mother since she began suffering mental problems and left their home after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

"We just got her a headstone," Richard Williams said. "The kids are very upset."