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Jury Convicts Man of 1982 Homicide of Ann Arbor Infant

LANSING – Today, Isiah Williams, 78, of Chicago, was found guilty on one count each of felony murder and first-degree premeditated murder by a Washtenaw Circuit Court jury in connection to the 1982 disappearance and presumed death of his then-8-month-old infant daughter, Olisa Williams, announced Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. 

“Thanks to the unwavering commitment of our law enforcement partners, who spent years following every lead in this tragic disappearance, and the dedicated efforts of prosecutors in my office, Olisa’s family can finally see a measure of justice served,” Nessel said. “I hope this conviction may bring some peace and healing to Olisa’s loved ones.” 

Williams took Olisa from her mother’s arms during a physical altercation on April 29th, 1982, in Ohio and transported her to Michigan, where she was last seen alive in the summer of that year in Williams’ custody. Olisa was never found and is presumed dead. Ann Arbor police requested the Department of Attorney General review the case in early 2021. The open-murder charge was brought against Williams in October of that year

Sentencing will occur on July 10 in front of the Hon. Patrick Conlin of the 22nd Circuit Court in Washtenaw County. 

Portions of this project were supported in part by Grant No. WE AX 0030 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


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