UPDATE: Court appearance scheduled for man accused of killing Somerset County deputy
AUGUSTA - Alleged killer John Williams will make his initial court appearance on Monday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m. at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, according to the Office of the Maine Attorney General. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Marchese and Assistant Attorney General Leanne Zainea will be prosecuting the case.
On Saturday, April 28, The Department of Corrections confirmed in a news release that Williams is being held at the Maine State Prison in Warren. At approximately 5:30 p.m., Maine State Police arrived at the Maine State Prison transporting Williams and he was received, screened by medical staff and placed into secure housing.
Williams is being held at the Maine State Prison at the request of the Somerset County Jail, a routine process utilized when a Maine county jail has an inmate that requires additional security precautions for secure confinement while awaiting trial or sentencing, said the Commissioner.
NORRIDGEWOCK – Alleged killer John Williams is now in custody, according to a news release. Williams has been at large since killing Deputy Sheriff Corporal Eugene Cole.
A press conference is being conducted at this time.
Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Corporal Eugene Cole was killed in the line of duty, April 25, at a Cumberland Farms in Norridgewock and the suspect, John Williams, 29, of Madison, remains at large, according to the Maine Dept. of Public Safety at 2:25 p.m.
"Anyone seeing Williams should call 911 immediately," police said. "He is armed and dangerous."
Governor Paul R. LePage has directed that all United States flags and State of Maine flags shall be flown at half-staff immediately for at least three days, as well as on the day of Corporal Cole's interment.
"Our deepest condolences go out to the family of fallen Deputy Sheriff Corporal Eugene Cole," said Governor LePage. "He served his community with honor, and his sacrifice will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are also with all of Maine's law enforcement community as they mourn the loss of their colleague, and we pray for their continued safety."
The photos attached are from the Deputy's cruiser at the Norridgewock Cumberland Farms, following the shooting. The bearded mug is from his arrest in Massachusetts on March 22.
Earlier reports that his head was shaved with a pony on top area NOT correct. Police believe he still looks like the attached photos with a full beard.