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Police: Mount Zion woman arrested after lying about car left at scene of Decatur homicide
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Police: Mount Zion woman arrested after lying about car left at scene of Decatur homicide

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DECATUR — A 40-year-old Mount Zion woman was arrested on a preliminary charge of obstructing justice after police said she lied about her vehicle being at the site of a Saturday morning homicide, according to court documents.

When police arrived to 1260 N. Edward St. at 1:16 a.m. Saturday on a call about a man having been shot, a black Volkswagen sedan was parked near the gunshot victim, 20-year-old Dontrez O. Williams, a sworn affidavit said.

The affidavit said the vehicle's registration was traced to the Mount Zion woman. When interviewed by detectives, the woman told officers she parked her vehicle in the 1200 block of North Edward street around 8 p.m. and went to a relative's home until after midnight.

The woman said the relative drove her home and that no one else had access to her sedan because there is only one key, according to the affidavit. 

Decatur police reviewed surveillance footage at the site of the homicide and saw the Mount Zion woman's vehicle pulling into the lot at 10:15 p.m., according to a sworn affidavit. Footage showed a person exit the vehicle who was clearly not the 40-year-old woman, the affidavit said. The woman was not shown on the video. 

The sworn affidavit said police interviewed the woman's relative, who told them she was working at the time the suspect said she was with her. After the relative was interviewed, the Mount Zion woman admitted to officers she wasn't telling the truth about being with the relative, the affidavit said.

"(She) knowingly furnished false information to DPD detectives in this homicide investigation, intentionally preventing the apprehension of/obstructing the prosecution of the offender," the sworn affidavit said.

Decatur police Sgt. Chris Copeland said Monday that the department was not releasing information about the person seen on surveillance footage at this time.

He also said he could not confirm if the woman was involved in the homicide.

The Mount Zion woman was booked into the Macon County Jail on a preliminary charge of obstructing justice and was released after paying $10,000 bond. Preliminary charges are reviewed by the state's attorney's office.

The homicide is still under investigation by the Decatur Police Department.


Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites

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