Statement on Jessica Williams Murder Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT:
Christy Wilson
Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
(870) 932-1513 – Phone

STATEMENT FROM SCOTT ELLINGTON,
PROSECUTING ATTORNEY FOR THE SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT
IN RE: JESSICA WILLIAMS MURDER INVESTIGATION

“Based upon the good investigative work of law enforcement, there was reason to initially believe that Christopher Sowell may have been involved in the murder of Jessica Williams, age 11, of Gosnell. Following Mr. Sowell’s arrest, diligent investigative and scientific techniques employed by detectives and the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory allowed us to continue the investigation into her murder.

“Scientific evidence brought another suspect to the attention of the detectives working this case. The murder investigation is ongoing and what remains ahead is wrapping up this matter and seeking full justice for Jessica’s family and our community.

“Based upon due diligence and forensic science, two things became clear following the Freddie Sharp III rape trial: 1.) Mr. Sowell was not involved in the murder of Jessica Williams and 2.) his original statement did not square with the scientific evidence in this case. My office, the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office, and the Arkansas State Police will continue to work on this matter in pursuit of justice for Jessica, the Williams family and the good people of our community.”

-30-