Craig Williams, 34, was arrested Tuesday at his parents home in Hopewell Township, New Jersey
He is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, second-degree desecration of human remains, and weapons possession
New Jersey State Police troopers making a wellness check found Craig’s parents, Brenda Williams and Billy C. Williams Jr., both in their 60s, dead from apparent stab wounds
Police on arrival met the suspect with blood stains on his clothing, and he would not let them in
On entry troopers found the bodies, arrested the son and seized several knives and an axe from the crime scene
Troopers said Craig Williams had been “arrested numerous times for assaulting both decedents“
A man from south Jersey has been charged with murder after both of his parents were found stabbed to death inside the family’s home in Cumberland County, prosecutors said.
New Jersey State Police troopers conducting a wellness check at the residence in Hopewell Township, around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, found homeowners Brenda L. Williams and Billy C. Williams Jr. dead from apparent stab wounds, the County Prosecutor’s Office stated in a press release.
The couple, both in their 60s, lived in the home with one of their three sons, Craig Williams, 34, who was later arrested and charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, second-degree desecration of human remains, and two counts of third- and fourth-degree weapons possession charges.
Craig Williams is additionally charged with obstruction, hindering apprehension, and tampering with evidence.
Williams and his parents appeared to have lived together at the same home.
Troopers went to the home after a relative of the parents requested a well-being check at the home after neither responded to multiple calls over the weekend and Billy Williams did not show up to work on Monday morning.
When troopers arrived at their home, Craig Williams answered the door but said that his parents were not home and refused to let them inside, according to the affidavit of probable cause,.
The troopers persisted and he finally let them inside. Williams led them to his parents’ bedroom where they found the deceased victims, the document said.
Williams, who had blood stains on his clothing, told the troopers that his parents had been inside for two days.
Several knives and an axe were seized by police as evidence, the affidavit says.
Troopers had responded to 20 separate incidents at the home in just the last two years, including domestic violence, harassment, assaults and verbal arguments, investigators learned.
“All incidents involved Craig Williams, who was arrested numerous times for assaulting both decedents,” State Police Investigator J.P. McKay wrote in the affidavit.
Craig Williams was booked at the Cumberland County Jail, records show. Prosecutors plan to request he remain behind bars until his trial, officials told NJ.com.