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November 24, 2013

30-year-old Tamara Williams has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

Dead is her 66-year-old neighbor, Barbara Beers, whose body was found Friday afternoon in a yard just south of Marion in Southern, Illinois.

Williams is also accused of stealing Beers' car and drove to Tennessee where she was arrested.

Williams is black and Beers is white.

Williams gets four counts of first degree murder in Beers homicide
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Tamara J. Williams of Johnston City has been charged with four counts of first degree murder for the Friday homicide of Barbara Beers, according to a news release from Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick’s Office.

The first three counts issued by the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office allege that Williams “without lawful justification,” stabbed the victim multiple times, leading to her death. The fourth involves the charge of aggravated vehicular hijacking while committing the alleged murder, the news release said.

Williams is being held in the Rutherford County Jail in Tennessee. Her move to Illinois depends on the local charge in Tennessee and the extradition process, according to the news release.

The body of Beers, 66, was found at about

3:30 p.m. Friday in a yard on McInturf Road, about 6 miles south of Marion. Williams, 30, was arrested in Lavergne, Tenn., with assistance from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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