Suspect in murder of Youngstown woman who answered door surrenders to police

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Jesse Burk Williams, the man investigators believe shot and killed a woman answering the door, is now in police custody.

The 51-year-old who surrendered to Youngstown police around 7:30 Thursday evening faces an aggravated murder charge.

City Prosecutor Jeff Limbian said it all started with a fight and ended with the mother of Williams’ intended target dead.

Investigators say the murdered victim, 66-year-old Diane Dent, did nothing to warrant being shot while answering a knock on the door Sunday afternoon.

They believe she answered the door because she knew the suspect, who has been known to visit the house in the past.

The shooting stemmed from a fight between Williams and her son, Anttwon Dent.

“It’s a sad set of circumstances,” Limbian said. “There were two men fighting over the affections of a woman and one got the better of the other.”

Detectives say that fight started at a home on New Road in Austintown. Anttwon went to visit Rebecca Perez, whom he used to date on and off.

Williams, her current boyfriend, got into a fight with Anttwon and a few hours later, Perez and Williams went to confront him at his mother’s house.

[Perez has] been charged with complicity to aggravated murder because of the fact she took the suspect, Williams, to the home of the victim and drove him away from there,” Limbian said.

Marshals say Williams is the brother of Willie “Flip” Williams, a notorious American mass murderer executed by lethal injection in 2005.

Limbian said that may have affected Williams’ decision to escalate the confrontation to shooting someone.

“His brother was never the same. Can’t understand the concept of proportion. Just because you have a dispute with someone doesn’t mean you should be seeking out revenge to the point where you’re killing someone’s mother. It just makes no sense.”

Williams’ arraignment date has not been set.

The county jail said Perez will be arraigned Friday afternoon.

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