Man charged with killing Michigan overnight news anchor would visit his victim’s girlfriend four times a week during the day as he slept
‘Family friend’ Arthur Williamson, 55, has been charged with the murder of Jim Matthews after attacking him in his own home in Michigan
Matthews, 57, was found dead at his home in Michigan after allegedly being beaten to death by Arthur Williamson, who was known to his girlfriend
Neighbors report that Williamson visited the house up to four times a week as police say there are no signs of breaking and entering
The exact nature of relationship between veteran broadcaster Mathews and Williamson remain unclear, but the ex-con reportedly met Mathews, girlfriend Nichole Guertin at a narcotics anonymous meeting and struck up a friendship
Nichole Guertin, 35, Matthews’ on-off girlfriend managed to escape the house despite being bound, gagged and stabbed multiple times
The couple’s 10-year-old Hunter, was found beaten and tied up in a closet with severe head trauma and life altering injurie
It is believed he tried to fight off Williamson when his father was attacked
The youngest victim, 5-year-old Rosie Mathews was also injured but in stable condition
Williamson was revived with Narcan after responding officers found in the couple’s basement overdosing on heroin, with self-inflicted wounds
Williamson with seven felony charges, including first-degree murder and two counts of assault with intent to murder
The man charged with killing Michigan overnight news anchor Jim Matthews, 57, visited the victim’s girlfriend up to four times a week while the newscaster slept after his night shift, neighbors say.
The alleged killer Arthur Williamson, 55, who was known to the home owners, was charged with the murder of Matthews after he allegedly beat him to death on Friday before stabbing Nichole Guertin, the homeowner’s 35-year-old girlfriend and mother of his two children, multiple times
Not spared, Hank the couple’s 10-year-old son was found with severe head trauma and life altering injuries. 5-year-old Rosie Mathews was also injured but in stable condition.
Responding officers who revived Williamson with Narcan after the found the suspect in the basement of the home overdosing on heroin after the attacks. He had self-inflicted injuries, police reported.
Making his court appearance on Monday, the alleged killer was facing seven felony charges, including first-degree murder, felony murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder and three counts of unlawful imprisonment. Williamson who entered a not guilty plea did not speak during the short hearing. Bond was not set and he is currently held without bond.
State records indicate Williamson had a lengthy criminal history dating back 30 years with convictions on charges of kidnapping and assault among others.
While the relationship between Williamson and Matthews, who worked for WWJ NewsRadio 950, remains unclear, neighbors said the man is known to visit the household up to four times a week while Matthews slept after returning from his overnight shifts.
Chesterfield Township Police believe Williamson arrived at the house on Friday ‘sometime in the middle of the night’ before he ambushed Matthews when he arrived home around 6.30am.
ME reports ruled that Jim Matthews died of blunt force trauma to the head, apparently from what the Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido called a ‘hammer attack.’
There were no signs of breaking and entering and said Williamson was not an ‘unwanted guest,’ Lucido said.
Nichole Guertin, 35, the owner’s ‘on-off girlfriend’ and the mother of his children had managed to escape the property despite being stabbed multiple times as well as gagged and bound.
She fled with their five-year-old daughter, Rosie, who was not seriously injured, and managed to flag down a car after collapsing in a nearby parking lot.
Their son Hunter, 10, was beaten, hit with a hammer and bound before being thrown into a closet after the incident.
He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and had to undergo brain and ear surgery after bravely trying to fight his father’s killer.
A GoFundMe page confirmed that Hunter underwent successful surgery on his neck and can now move both sides of his body. The appeal which was created to help ‘these two kids,’ has raised over $16,000 of the $25,000 goal
‘They have been through so much and I feel like the least I can do is create something that helps them adapt to what comes after this tragedy,’ wrote the children’s aunt, Ashley Quigley.
Nicole is in stable condition but is being held for observation, Chesterfield Police Chief Brian Bassett said.
Police discovered Williamson overdosing on heroin and suffering from self-inflicted wounds in the basement of the family home.
The 55-year-old was resuscitated by officials before being rushed to hospital and was then taken into police custody at Macomb County Jail.
For Pammy Healy, the children’s aunt: ‘It’s someone that Nicole knew. I know that he knew Nicole pretty well.
‘It’s really disturbing.’ She said the family were in shock and were trying to get ready for when the children returned home.
Joe Nicolai, who believes his brother’s girlfriend, Nichole Guertin was manipulated by Williamson said she was ‘very naïve’.
Matthews, who also went by Nicolai, was reportedly found in a scene worse than ‘a horror movie’ by his brother Joe Nicolai, who lives next door and ‘dropped everything’ when he heard of the attack.
‘It’s not even something you’d see in a horror movie,’ Nicolai told news station WXYZ.
‘Nichole, my brother’s girlfriend, was laying out in the parking lot and was duck-taped and bleeding so my wife went out to hold her hand,’ he said.
Nicolai revealed that Williamson and his brother’s girlfriend Nichole Guertin became friends after meeting at a narcotics anonymous meeting in a nearby church, adding that he had seen Williamson come and go into his brother’s home on several occasions.
‘I don’t know exactly what business he has there with them. All I know is that he met Nichole at a NA meeting, I’d never heard him mentioned and I live across the street,’ Nicolai said
‘I have seen him a couple of times leave and go into the place. He is a demon sent straight from hell.‘He should have been institutionalized years ago – he shouldn’t have been allowed out.’
The victim’s brother is worried his girlfriend, Guertin, was manipulated by Williamson and called the woman ‘very naïve and said she ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly, always means well.’
The neighborhood was put on lockdown Friday as well as the school across the street where Matthews’ children attend, Nicolai said.
‘He loved taking care of his kids, he loved being on the radio,’ Nicolai said of his brother.
‘He used to play radio when he was a kid. He would play DJ, that was his passion. he was a really amazing person.’
When quizzed on the motive behind the attack, Nicolai said ‘there is no motive, I don’t know why he was in the house. I talked to the lead investigator, and my brother probably came home to this.’
Nicolai said his 10-year-old nephew tried to fight his alleged killer before being beaten and bound: ‘I believe that Hunter the 10-year-old was trying to fight off this man that was attacking and trying to kill his father.’
Unfortunately, he said ‘Hunter has sustained many wounds to his face and head and may be scarred.’
Colleagues of the news anchor were forced to report on the death of the late journalist, who spent nearly seven years as the radio station’s overnight news anchor.
Journalist Jackie Page reported the breaking incident to thousands of listeners, saying: ‘It’s very difficult to report. Our overnight news anchor Jim Matthews was killed this afternoon in Chesterfield Township.’