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Alabama Man Arrested For Child Murder Now A Suspect In His Daughter's 2005 Death
Jeremy Williams was charged with the sexual assault and murder of 5-year-old Kamarie Holland in Alabama last month. He's now a prime suspect in the 2005 death of his own daughter in Alaska.
An Alabama man accused of killing and raping a five-year-old girl last year may also be behind a separate, unsolved child killing in Alaska dating back to 2005, authorities say.
Jeremy Tremaine Williams, 37, awaiting trial in the human trafficking murder of Kamarie Holland, was accused of the murder of his own infant daughter by police ins Alaska more than a decade ago — and now they are looking into the case again.
Police officials in North Pole, Alaska announced this week that they’d reopened their investigation into Williams’ involvement in the missing infant’s case, more than a decade after the case was dismissed due to a lack of evidence, according to Georgia CBS affiliate WRBL.
At the time of the child’s death in 2005, Williams was living in North Pole, Alaska with the infant’s mother, who was an active duty U.S. Air Force member and local police officer. The child died of blunt force trauma, and the case was originally investigated by the Air Force.
Williams, however, was never officially charged in the child’s death. Alaska investigators, who reopened the case following the 37-year-old’s arrest last month, have again labeled him a prime suspect in the long-dormant case.
No further information was available regarding the newly reopened case this week. North Pole Police Chief Steve Dutra wasn’t immediately available to comment on the investigation when contacted by Oxygen.com on Friday afternoon.
More than 4,000 miles away, Williams — along with his Kamarie Holland's mother, Kristy Siple — are in custody in Alabama on capital murder charges in the December murder of Siple's daughter
On Dec. 13, Siple reported her daughter had gone missing from her Columbus, Georgia home. The Alabama mother told authorities she’d found her front door open and no trace of her daughter at the residence, the Montgomery Advertiser previously reported.
Later that day, Williams was arrested at a hotel in Phenix City, Alabama. After his arrest, investigators recovered the five-year-old’s body from a vacant property. Holland had been sexually abused, according to the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities suspect the little girl died from asphyxiation, but autopsy results are pending.
“This case is still ongoing and very early,” Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor told reporters in December. “There’s a lot of details that I’m not willing to disclose at this time because of the urgency in this case and potential other folks that we may be looking into as suspects or offenders alongside Mr. Williams.”
Siple was later arrested on murder and human trafficking charges in her daughter’s death. She’s expected to face additional rape, sodomy, kidnapping and production of child pornography charges, authorities said.
“The media’s making me look like I’m some evil person, but I’m not,” Kristy Siple had told WIFR in December prior to her arrest. “I’m a mommy, and I did not have nothing to do with this. She was my life. I lived for her daily.”
Following Williams arrest, Alabama investigators pointed out his history of child abuse, citing his potential past involvement in his daughter’s Alaska death.
“We have information where he was a suspect in a one-year-old's death in Alaska where he was a suspect but never charged because of not able to get enough evidence in that case,” Taylor added.
In 2009, Williams also was arrested for allegedly immersing a three-year-old boy’s lower body in boiling water. He was acquitted on those charges by a jury in 2012.
If convicted in Holland’s murder, Williams faces the death penalty, prosecutors said.
“This will be a case in which the death penalty will be sought if the facts continue to unfold as we’re seeing them,” Russell County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rick Chancey also said at a press conference.