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Man convicted of drowning adopted autistic son

July 14, 2018

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A man has been found guilty of drowning his autistic 10-year-old adopted son.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 44-year-old Leon Williams was convicted Friday by a jury in DeKalb County. The former Georgia Department of Administrative Services worker admitted to holding Kentae Williams under water in a bathtub in April 2017. Kentae had autism and communication issues and had been adopted only months before his death.

Williams initially blamed Kentae for the death, citing “self-harming” behavior. Williams’ defense attorney, Daryl Queen, argued the death was accidental. He said Williams was punishing Kentae for cursing and refusing to bathe. Prosecutors argued the death was intentional and a witness heard Williams tell Kentae, “You’re going to die tonight.”

Williams is set to be sentenced Aug. 3. He faces between 47 years and life without parole in prison.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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