Palm Beach Gardens Police: Ryan Rogers Killed In Chance Encounter With ‘Animal’ That Shouldn’t Have Been On Streets
>MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An arrest has been made in the murder of 14-year-old Ryan Rogers in Palm Beach Gardens.
Palm Beach Gardens police said Semmie Lee Williams Jr., 39, has been charged with first degree murder. He’s being held in jail without bond
“He appears to be a homeless drifter spending most of his time in the streets of Miami,” said Palm Beach Gardens Police Chief Clint Shannon.
Rogers went for a bike ride on November 15th and he never returned home. The next morning his body was found in a wooded area next to a bicycle about 80 feet from an I-95 overpass near Central Boulevard.
Police said he had been stabbed to death.
“The incident itself appears to be a completely random act. We do not have a motive in this case,” said Shannon.
>“It appears to be an absolute chance encounter between a child on a bicycle and an animal that probably should not be out on our streets,” he added.
>From 2004 to 2016 there were at least 12 criminal charges.
The crimes happening in 3 states.
Here are the ones that speak to a danger to society.
An assault involving strangulation. In that case, the victim was a senior citizen.
2 domestic assaults.
Carrying a concealed electronic weapon.
The CBS 12 News I Team looked at records from Seminole County Florida and Fulton County Georgia.
In his own handwriting, in a letter Williams sent to the court, he claimed self-defense in the confrontation with the senior citizen.
It appears to have worked as the charges were then downgraded.
In other court documents we obtained, we see that Williams signed a guilty plea to the lesser charges, and the sentence would be 10 years, of which he’d serve 5, then be placed on probation.
Going back further, in the early 2000s, when he was about to face trial for one of the domestic assaults in Florida, records show Williams refused to get dressed to go to court.
>A few weeks later, prosecutors decided not to proceed to trial.