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Murder charges dropped in Dillard slaying

By Robin Y. Richardson
Aug. 13, 2013 at 12:55 a.m.

Charges have been dropped against William Penn Jones Jr. for the murder of 22-year-old Kenneth "K.D." Dillard Jr.

The district's attorney's office filed a motion recently in the 71st District Judicial Court to drop the charges, citing insufficient evidence. The motion was approved by 71st District Judge Brad Morin.

"At this time, there was insufficient evidence to proceed forward with a trial," Harrison County District Attorney Coke Solomon said Monday. "This is an ongoing investigation. It has been this entire time. We're going to continue to work with the sheriff's office and continue to investigate this, and in the future hopefully be able to proceed to trial and getting justice for the victim."

Dillard's eldest sister, Keisha Williams, of Dallas, is optimistic that justice will be served.

"We understand that the authorities have to have a solid case and as I have always said, 'You can run but not hide,' and, I still feel very strongly that me and my family will get the justice we deserve for my brother because our faith is in God - not the system," she said.

The sister said she wants the right person doing the time for the crime.

"I do feel strongly that whatever happens it needs to be enough evidence," she said. "If the evidence is not there, it's just not there. We want the rightful person to do the time."

"I don't know this guy," Ms. Williams added, referring to Jones. "I've never see him before in my life. But, I truly feel whoever did the crime should be doing the time.

"If the facts are not there, then they are just not there," she said. "It's up to the authorities to gather up the needed information they need to put the case forward."

Ms. Williams said if the shoe was on the other foot, she wouldn't want any of her loved ones going to jail for a crime they didn't possibly commit.

"It's because I am a Christian woman of God that I can say these types of things," said Ms. Williams.

"I feel justice will happen when it should," she said, sharing she's not angry or bitter about the charges being dropped.

"My faith is in God and not man," she reiterated.

She said if a person is guilty, she doesn't believe they will get away with it for long.

"We all got to be held accountable for what we do," she said.

"From a legal standpoint, I do understand all the facts need to be in place and all the supporting evidence will need to be in place, too," she said.

"All in all, the truth will come out," she believes.

Ms. Williams is asking the public to continue to pray for her family, especially her mother, Mattie Dillard, as they continue to seek justice for K.D.

"It's understandable for them to have mixed emotions and be angry," she said of her family's feelings regarding the dropped charges. "They want to see the person who killed my brother locked up just as much as I do."

"As for my mom, Mattie Dillard, just continue praying for her," said Ms. Williams. "Life is so short; she's lost her son.

"She's a woman of God, as well. She just wants peace in these last days," she said. "If you want to help or do anything, just pray for her."

Dillard, who died from a large laceration to the neck, was found slain Dec. 16 at St. James Cemetery near the Harleton area. Jones, 30, was arrested last May for the murder of Dillard and indicted the following month, in August.

The investigation is ongoing.



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