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Killer’s mother returns home from work to find three little girls stabbed to death

UPPER MARLBORO, MD (January 27, 2023) – Yesterday, a Prince George’s County jury found 30-year-old Antonio Williams guilty, on all charges, for the first degree murders of three young girls in August 2017. Williams, of Clinton, Maryland, is facing a potential maximum sentence of triple life without the possibility of parole and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 19, 2023, at 9 a.m.

After six years of being held without bond, a 4-day trial and two hours of deliberation, Williams was convicted of three counts of first degree murder and three counts of first degree child abuse resulting in death.

On August 18, 2017, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Williams’ mother came home from working a nursing shift and found her six-year-old daughter and two visiting female cousins brutally stabbed and unresponsive in a basement bedroom. Their names were Nadira Janae’ Withers, age 6; and visiting cousins, Ariana Elizabeth DeCree, age 9; and Ajayah Royale DeCree, age 6. All three children were left in Williams’ care who was 25 at the time of the murders. Williams later confessed to retrieving a knife from the kitchen and going to the downstairs bedroom where the girls were sleeping.

After killing all three, he cleaned the knife and put it back in the kitchen and washed the clothes he was wearing.

"This case is about three precious little girls who had a right to grow up, pursue their dreams and have a bright future. Instead, they ended up in the care of someone they trusted, who took his frustrations out on them and committed these heinous murders, and now they will never be able to tell their own stories. My heart continues to be with the families of these innocent young victims. After almost six long years, I am grateful that they can finally get justice for those three precious little girls. My office will do everything we can possibly do to ensure that Mr. Williams will face his consequences and never walk the streets of Prince George’s County again,” said State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy.

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