A DeKalb County jury convicted a father from Decatur of despicably murdering his adopted autistic son by drowning the poor child.
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The man was identified as Leon Williams, 44. The jury found Williams guilty of holding 10-year-old Kentae Williams underwater in a bathtub until the helpless victim drowned in April 2017.
Williams is a longtime state worker who said he adopted the child to fill a “void.” He officially became the father of Kentae Williams in November 2016. Williams thought he was emotionally-equipped to parent a child with autism and mental health issues.
Neighbors gave their accounts and reported hearing Williams yelling at the boy about his behavior particularly about “acting out” in school. They said he then threatened him right before carrying out the murder.
Williams initially attempted to blame the dead child claiming that Kentae exercised “self-harming” behavior.
He later confessed to striking the child with a belt several times, then holding him underwater, causing burns to his feet. Williams tried to argue, however, that death was accidental. His defense lawyer, Daryl Queen, tried to portray Williams as a “good father” and also argued that the child’s death was merely “accidental.”
Prosecutors argued the death was intentional. A witness also heard Williams tell Kentae, "You're going to die tonight."
The judge will sentence Williams on Aug. 3.
Williams faces between 47 years and life without parole in prison.