KNOXVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Bomb and Arson Section has resulted in the indictment of a Parrottsville man for the murder of his brother five years ago.

At the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI Special Agents, working alongside detectives with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department and State Bomb and Arson investigators, began investigating the November 4, 2011, death of Richard D. Williams, 38. Mr. Williams’ body was found in the burned-out residence at 1120 Palmer Hollow Road in Parrottsville. An autopsy indicated that the death was a homicide. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that the victim’s brother, James Pate Williams, was the individual responsible for the death of Richard Williams.

On February 22nd, the Cocke County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Williams, 44, with one count of First Degree Murder and one count of Arson. Williams was arrested early this morning by deputies with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department, and he was booked into the Cocke County Jail. Williams is currently being held without bond.

James Pate Williams

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