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Illinois man taken into custody in connection to the murder of an Austin man in October 2021

An Illinois man who had been on the run from authorities since late last year in connection to the murder of an Austin man in October of 2021 has been taken into custody.

21-year old Tyrone Williams, of Chicago, Illinois was booked into the Mower County jail on Tuesday on felony charges of aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder while committing a felony, without intent, aiding and abetting aggravated robbery, inflict bodily harm, and aiding and abetting 1st degree assault.  

Williams is accused of being involved in the death of 75-year old William Hall, who was found dead in his residence in the 800 block of 12th Ave. SE in Austin on October 13th, 2021.  

An arrest warrant for Williams was issued in early November.  18-year old Francisco Javier Lagunes Silva and 17-year old Nicholas Dewayne Taylor, both from Austin were also taken into custody in relation to the incident.  Like Williams, Silva and Taylor have also both been charged with felonies for aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder while committing a felony without intent, aiding and abetting robbery, inflict bodily harm and 1st degree assault.  Prosecutors in the case filed a notice on October 27th, 2021 seeking to certify Taylor as an adult, and a certification hearing for Taylor will be held in Mower County District Court on November 29th. 

Austin Police reported that a neighbor’s security camera recorded several young males near Hall’s residence on October 12th and captured audio indicating an encounter between Hall and the young males.  Police stated that the neighbor also reported finding a liquor bottle and a holster for a firearm on his property. Investigators stated that the bottle was similar to ones Hall had in his home and family members reported they could not find some of Hall’s possessions, including a firearm.

Williams is being held in the Mower County jail on $500,000 bond, and his next appearance in Mower County District Court has been scheduled for April 4th. 



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