murder cases facing county prosecutor's office
A Platte County grand jury has returned murder indictments
on Jimmy Williams, Brenda Williams and James Detmer, bringing
to five the number of people currently facing murder charges
in the county.
"That's too many--we don't need that," Platte
County Prosecutor Tammy Glick said last week.
The indictment on Jimmy Williams accuses him of murder
in the first degree and armed criminal action in connection
with events that occurred on Dec. 12 resulting in the
death of his former son-in-law, Thadd Mize. Mize was shot
while in his vehicle after he had dropped off his children
in a pre-arranged custody arrangement.
The indictment on Brenda Williams alleges murder in the
second degree in connection with the same case.
Jimmy Williams is being held in the Platte County Jail
on a $500,000 cash only bond. Brenda Williams is being
held in the Platte County Jail on a $300,000 cash-only
bond, along with an additional $500,000 bond in connection
with a probation violation out of Johnson County, Kan.
At this time, no additional court dates have been set.
The indictment on James Detmer accuses him of murder
in the second degree and armed criminal action in connection
with the death of his father, Wilber Detmer, in January
of 2001. Authorities have said they believe James Detmer
used a claw hammer to kill his father at his residence
He was recently taken into custody in Houston, Tex. on
credit card abuse and theft charges.
"He was not willing to waive extradition from Texas
and we have had to request a governor's warrant (in an
attempt) to get him up here," Glick remarked.
Detmer's cash-only bond has been set at $500,000, Glick
said. He is currently awaiting extradition from Harris
A fourth person facing murder charges in the county is
Cornelle D. Williams, who is accused of killing a Parkville
area man in the robbery of a set of wheels last February.
Williams had a March 4 court appearance scheduled but
Glick said that has since been pushed back with no new
date yet announced.
The fifth homicide case active in Platte County involves
second degree murder charges against Jason Hendrix, a
volunteer firefighter for the Edgerton-Trimble Fire Department
(see related story). Hendrix is accused of starting a
blaze that resulted in the death of Travis Brown of the
Dearborn Fire Department, who was killed when the pumper
truck in which he was riding overturned while responding
to the arson fire.
A trial date for Hendrix has been set for June 24.