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Man-ling Williams (27) was booked on suspicion of stabbing her husband Neal Williams (27) and killing their two sons
Published: Aug 10, 2007 @ 10:32 PM
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A woman who reported finding the bodies of her husband and two boys in their home was arrested Thursday after making "incriminating statements," authorities said.
Man-ling Williams, 27, of Rowland Heights was booked into the Los Angeles County jail in Lynwood on suspicion of killing her sons Ian, 3, and Devon, 7, and her husband Neal, 27.
"We placed the wife under arrest," said Sgt. Sandy Nava, of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Homicide Bureau. "She did make several incriminating statements."
Williams is being held without bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned at Citrus Court in West Covina this morning, officials said.
Neal Williams was apparently stabbed to death. The cause of the children's deaths remained unknown Thursday.
Coroner's officials said Thursday they have yet to conduct an autopsy of the three victims. Autopsies are scheduled for today and Saturday, said Coroner's spokesman Capt. Ed Winter.
The case against Williams appears to center on conflicting accounts of her whereabouts just before the bodies were discovered.
On Wednesday, neighbors said Man-ling Williams initially told them she couldn't sleep early Wednesday morning and decided to take a drive.
Williams' first statement to investigators, according to neighbor Jessica Cerda, 19, was that she had gone to a nearby liquor store for Red Bull and cigarettes and discovered the bodies when she returned.
Sheriff's Homicide Sgt. Bill Marsh said Man-ling Williams told them during an interview at the sheriff's Walnut Station later Wednesday that she had gone grocery shopping for breakfast, and returned about an hour later to find the bodies.
Cerda, who spoke to Man-ling Williams just after she came home said the woman was clad in boxer shorts and a T-shirt.
"She didn't have her shoes on either," Cerda said. "It didn't seem like something you would wear to the store."
At this point, the motive appears to simply be a growing dissatisfaction with the husband on the part of Man-ling, Marsh said. Why the children were killed, however, remains a mystery.
"'Why the children?' is the question I've been asked all day," Marsh said. "I wish I knew the answer."
Jan Williams of Whittier, Neal's mother, released a prepared statement Thursday. "Neal was a loving father, brother and son," she said. "I was proud of him. He was friendly, hard working and had a passion for the truth. His boys were the lights of his life."
Mala Williams, Neal's sister, was included in the prepared statement. She said "My brother was a profound influence in my life. He was a strength and comfort in my times of need and a joy in the good times. He was exceedingly bright, and funny.
Late Thursday, nearly 100 friends, family, and neighbors gathered across the street from the Williams home - which was still barricaded with crime scene tape and guarded by deputies - to mourn the victims.
Neighbors had set up a makeshift memorial to the family. Flowers, candles and stuffed animals lined the sidewalk, along with messages such as "Always thinking of you," and "R.I.P. Neal, Devon, Ian."
Mourners shared memories, prayed, and stood in silence.
Many people also donated money to benefit the family of the victims.
Neighbors in the 18200 block of Camino Bello in Rowland Heights said they remained shocked by the crime. They described Neal Williams as an attentive father who doted on Ian and Devon.
"They were happy," said James Brown, a teenager who found the bodies Wednesday. "They looked happy playing catch or 'Star Wars' on the front lawn.
"He was a cool gentleman," Brown continued. "he wouldn't mess with people. He just read books and played with the boys."
Those who knew Man-ling described her alternately as moody, troubled, foul-mouthed at times, quiet at others.
"She was really a mystery to most people," said Laura Estrada, 27, of Hacienda Heights.
Estrada attended school with Man-ling Williams from kindergarten through high school. Estrada and Williams graduated Los Altos High School in 1998, Estrada said.
"I remember her as very emotionally unstable," Estrada said. "She was not content with who she was. I always felt sorry for her."
Estrada said the two had been out of frequent contact since high school, but saw each other two months ago at Marie Callendar's in La Puente where Man-ling worked.
"She showed me a photo of her family and I was happy for her because everything seemed to be working out well for her," Estrada said. "For once she didn't seem grumpy and irritated."
The couple frequently engaged in loud arguments that often ended with profanity-laced exchanges and slammed doors that could be heard throughout the neighborhood, Cerda said.
Carole Bailey of Hacienda Heights, who said she's known the couple for years and considers them family, had fond memories of Man-ling as a loving wife and mother and cannot believe she is responsible for the deaths of her husband and sons.
"She and Neal were very happy together," she said at Thursday's vigil. "She (Man-ling) couldn't have done this. She doesn't have a violent temper. She's not that kind of person."
Neighbor Jessica Hui said earlier in the day that Man-ling spoke Mandarin Chinese, but seldom said more than hello to neighbors.
"Most times I saw her standing in front of the house smoking and smoking," Hui said. "She never said much."
Detectives continued bagging evidence at the crime scene Thursday morning. From the sidewalk, the Williams home looked cluttered. A trio of stuffed animals sat on a dusty glass shelf just inside the front door.
Boxes and papers seemed to clutter the doorway.
Outside children's toys: a football, a plastic baseball bat and a plastic pitching machine lay discarded. A faded can of Sprite sat on a walkway leading to the front door.
Neighbors said they watched coroner's investigators remove the boys' bodies through a bedroom window, which overlooks Camino Bello. That took place just after the last television crew had gone home about 11:30 p.m., Cerda said.
Neal Williams grew up in Whittier and attended Whittier High School.
George Porter, who lives next door to Williams' mother, just got back from Cancun and was shocked at the news.
"I'm sorry to hear that. It's terrible," he said.
He described Man-ling Williams as outgoing, very bubbly and a people person, while Neal Williams was "reserved."
"I never expected that from her. They looked happy together. She looked happy," Porter said.
Porter said Man-ling Williams once tried to sell him life insurance.
He hadn't seen Neal Williams in a month and a half. But he added that in the past few months, the young man was often in the neighborhood.
When Williams visited his mother, Porter said he brought his wife and sons.
Wife held in slayings of husband, two children
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