Jackson County Grand Jury Returns Indictment in Marianna Homicide Case

Marianna –The Jackson County Grand Jury returned an indictment today in the case of the deaths of a Marianna woman and her three children. Wesley Williams, age 23, will be arrested and faces four counts of First Degree Murder. Williams is currently in custody on unrelated charges. He will be returned to Jackson County where he faces arraignment before a judge.

With regard to this indictment, Marianna Chief of Police Lou Roberts said, “I want to commend the tireless efforts of the investigators and the forensic scientists involved in this case. The close cooperation received from involved agencies and FDLE Crime Lab were critical in bringing us one step closer to resolution for the community, the family, and most importantly, for Danielle and her children.”

On Thursday, March 17, 2005, Athnea “Danielle” Baker, 19, and her sons, 3 year old Ahmaad, 1 year old Amarion, and 3 week old Aaron, were found dead in her apartment in Marianna. Her daughter, who was 2 years old at the time, was found unharmed.

When daycare providers could not reach Danielle Baker by phone that morning, a daycare employee went to the apartment. The employee reported hearing a child crying inside and knocks on the door went unanswered. With the help of an apartment complex manager, the employee gained entry only to find the young mother dead. When emergency personnel responded to the residence, Baker’s three children were also found dead.

The Marianna Police Department responded to the scene. As the investigation got underway, they requested and received assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The FDLE Crime Scene Unit responded from Pensacola to assist with the recovery and processing of evidence.

“From the day this crime was committed, the law enforcement agencies involved have been determined to catch the person responsible for this horrific act,” said Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “I’m pleased to see that this tenacity has paid off, and that justice has caught up with the murderer of the Baker family.”

A task force of over 20 investigators from area law enforcement agencies came together to work on this tragic case. A command post was set up at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and investigative leads were tracked using computer software. Interviews were conducted with numerous associates of Danielle Baker. Polygraph tests were conducted on several individuals and surveillance videotape from local merchants was obtained and reviewed. Evidence collected was analyzed at FDLE laboratories in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Orlando, and Tampa. In addition, further processing was done by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and private laboratories.

For two years and nine months, a combination of resources, both investigative and forensic, was meticulously applied to this complex and lengthy homicide investigation. Today, these intensive efforts have resulted in Williams’ indictment.

For more information, contact:
Chief Lou Roberts
Marianna Police Department
(850) 526-3125

Special Agent Supervisor Tommy Ford
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Panama City Field Office
(850) 767-3490

Joe Grammer
Public Information Officer
State Attorney’s Office
(850) 527-7850

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001