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Quincy man pleads not guilty in May death

Carlos Williams, right, listens along with Public Defender Chris Pratt as charges are read Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court. Williams pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the May death of 20-year-old Orlando Smith. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 11, 2019 11:40 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy man charged in the strangulation death of another Quincy man has pleaded not guilty to charges.

Carlos Williams entered the plea on three counts of first-degree murder Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court.

Williams, 55, is accused of strangling 20-year-old Orlando Smith between May 27 and 30. Smith's body was found May 30 in the 200 block of Koch's Lane.

Williams was arrested Nov. 19 at the Adams County Courthouse as he appeared in unrelated cases.

When Smith's body was discovered, the Sheriff's Department said it was treating the death as a homicide, and that the location of his body did not appear to be where he died.

Officials said more than 100 witnesses were interviewed, multiple search warrants served and dozens of pieces of physical evidence were examined during the investigation. Reports received from the Illinois State Police Crime Lab eventually led to the charges against Williams. A suspected motive in the case has not been released.

If convicted, Williams faces a sentence between 20 and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Williams' case was placed on the March jury trial docket. He is set to return to court Feb. 19 for a status hearing.

He continues to be held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond.

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