Marion Police Lieutenant arrested

Marion Police Lieutenant arrested

Williams arrested on drug, tampering charges

Almost one month to the day after the Marion Police Department and Arkansas State Police announced that there was an ongoing investigation concerning a high-ranking Marion police official, Detective Freddy Williams, a lieutenant and long-serving member of the Marion Police Department, turned himself in on accusations of stealing drugs from the MPD evidence locker. Williams, 52, of Marion, was rumored to have been the subject of the investigation. Marion Mayor Frank Fogleman and Police Chief Gary Kelley remained tight-lipped on the matter.

On Jan. 15, Kelley released a statement.

“I was notified of an incident involving an officer within the Marion Police Department,” said Kelley.

“After an internal investigation, the officer was suspended and this matter was referred to the Arkansas State Police. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation by the State Police, I’m sure you understand there isn’t anything more that I can say at this time.”

From that point, the Arkansas State Police investigated the case and last week turned the findings of that investigation over to prosecutor Scott Ellington.

Based on those findings, the ASP obtained a warrant for Williams’s arrest “following an investigation into alegations of misconduct within the Marion Police Department.” Williams turned himelf in at the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning, at which time he was arrested on charges of tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance and a violation of the rules of conduct by a county officer or employee. Bond was set at $10,000. Williams was officially booked at 9:40 a.m., and released just after 10:20 a.m.

According to the affidavit warrant, between Oct. 1, 2018, and Dec. 25, 2018, Williams, while serving as a lieutenant in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division at the Marion Police Department, “was suspected of stealing narcotics from an evidence room located inside the police department.”

According to Elliott, there were more than a dozen videos of Williams going into the narcotics evidence room and “some of the videos clearly show Williams stealing evidence.”

After his suspension, Williams was sent home by Chief Kelley.

Following Tuesday’s arrest, Chief Kelley announced the news on the Police Department’s Facebook page.

“Arkansas State Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Marion Police Lt. Freddy Williams following an investigation into allegations of misconduct within the Marion Police Department,” said Kelley.

After listing the charges and the bond, Kelley noted, “A person charged is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

By the Evening Times News Staff