Police Charge Man For 2nd Degree Murder

Police Charge Man For 2nd Degree Murder

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 30 June 2020 01:47

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Police Department arrested 74-year-old Erwin Ellis Williams of Carolina Beach on Sunday May 31st following a hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a man walking along Carolina Beach Avenue North.

On Tuesday June 30th, police took out a warrant for Williams arrest on the charge of Second Degree Murder. According to Det.Sgt. Scott Hettinger, "The Carolina Beach Police Department, Carolina Beach Fire Department, Kure Beach Police Department and New Hanover County EMS were dispatched to the 500 block of Carolina Beach Ave. N. in reference to a vehicle versus a pedestrian hit and run. Upon arrival, officers located the victim with serious injuries and life saving measures were in progress. The victim succumbed to his injuries on scene."

Hettinger explained officers conducted a search of the vehicle described by witnesses; the vehicle was located by police a short time later. Police arrested Erwin Ellis Williams, a 74-year-old male of Carolina Beach, N.C. Williams was charged for multiple offenses and placed on a $100,000-dollar bond and confined in the New Hanover County Jail.  Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision. The NC Medical Examiner’s Office has been notified and the Medical Examiner will make the official determination on cause of death.

Hettinger explained, "Police have identified the male victim and are currently in the process of notifying next of kin.  The incident is still under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.  A further update will be provided after next of kin has been notified."

Erwin Ellis Williams was charged with: (1 Count) Felony Death by Motor Vehicle (1 Count) Hit/Run causing Serious Injury or Death (1 Count) Driving While Impaired.

Police identified the victim as Jeffrey Matlick, a 48 year old male from Geneseo, Illinois.

Hettinger explained on June 30th, that Williams was charged with Second Degree Murder based on his prior history of DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and Hit and Run charges. Additionally, citizens tried to stop Williams from getting in the vehicle that night.

Williams was still sitting in the New Hanover County Jail at the time the latest warrant was issued. His first appearance on that charge was set for 2:PM at the County Court House on July 1st.


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