Jonathan Williams Confesses to Killing Journalist Browne, But More Questions Abound

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Suspect Jonathan Williams responding to investigative questions from LNP investigators in Monrovia over the weekend

Jonathan Williams, the prime suspect in the death of Super FM TV cameraman Tyron Browne, has told police investigators that he killed the journalist in ‘self-defense’ after the journalist reportedly refused to leave his residence when asked to do so on the evening of Sunday, April 15.

Williams told police at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) over the weekend that Tyron Browne (now deceased) posed a threat to him and his nieces when he allegedly refused to identify himself, while in the vicinity.

Although he did not clearly explain what threat Browne actually posed to him and his nieces, he told LNP investigators that he and the late Browne engaged in a physical fight but in the end, he stabbed him with a knife.

He admitted that after killing Browne, he conveyed his remains in his vehicle and deposited it at a site where people could see and identify him, which was at the Kingdom Care School on Du-port Road.

He said he phoned his lawyer, Cllr. Cyril Jones shortly after he committed the murder. However, he did not disclose the detail of his conversation with Cllr. Jones.

“I am entitled to a lawyer,” he told the LNP investigators.

What is conflicting in Williams’ admission is that he earlier said upon his arrest on Friday, April 20, that the victim collapsed at the front of his gate and that he (Williams) went back indoors. But when he was asked further by LNP Chief of Traffic Meekie Gray to clarify where he took the body, he said, “I took the body somewhere so that it could be seen.”

Later, police spokesperson Moses Carter explained that suspect Williams did not point finger at the government or anyone else of being his accomplice or chief architect in the murder of Browne.

“There were too many assumptions and finger-pointing at the government of being responsible for the death of journalist Browne, but we are glad that the prime suspect is in our custody and undergoing investigation,” Carter said.

“Our investigators have made a breakthrough by arresting the prime suspect,” he told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

Journalist Tyron Brown, whose body was found at 3a.m yesterday

He said even though investigation is still ongoing to determine the circumstances that led to the death of the journalist, suspect Williams said that on the evening hours of Sunday, April 15, at about 9p.m., one of his relatives, Alice Utee, who stays with him in his house at Du-port Road, informed him of a strange individual that had knocked at his door.

He claimed that when the individual was asked to reveal his identity, he refused to do so, thereby instilling fear in the occupants, and they thought he was an armed robber.

According to Alice Utee, when they asked who was outside the door, the victim was alleged to have said, “Look at the door, you will see who it is.”

This alleged response from journalist Browne, Utee said, instilled fear in her. So she went to the living room where her sister, Edwina Utee was watching a Filipino movie and informed her.

Carter quoted investigators as saying that the two went to find out who the individual was, but according to them, Browne did not disclose his identity again.

After those brief scenes, Carter said the two young ladies called on their uncle Williams, who came out with a knife and asked Tyron as to who he had come to see. But Browne was reported to have said that he did not go there to see anyone.

He noted that Williams allegedly asked Tyron, “Can you leave because you are trespassing on my compound, but Browne reportedly replied, “If I don’t leave what will you do?”

“Williams said he chose to push journalist Browne out of his premises, but Browne strongly resisted. He told our investigators that he and Browne got into a scuffle and in the process, Browne knocked his head against the wall. It was then that he stabbed Browne,” Carter said.

He said Williams told investigators that he did not know where journalist Browne went after he stabbed him. But when he and his nieces (Alice and Edwina) made a follow-up, two feet from their house they found the journalist lying down.

According to Williams, it was then that Edwina confirmed that Browne was her casual friend that she had known for some years.

“She told our investigators that Browne motivated her over the years and the last time they saw each other was in November last year,” he said, adding that she told police that she knew Browne from around the Du-port Road market.

Carter said Williams told investigators that after realizing that Brown was dead, he called on a male friend, who had returned from his security guard service work, to help him put the body of Browne in an Infiniti Pathfinder Jeep. Later, they dropped the body at the Kingdom Care in Du-port Road where the deceased could be identified.

The management of Super Communications Network, owner and operator of Super FM/TV has meanwhile commended the LNP for the arrest of suspect Jonathan Williams.

In a press release signed by general manager Emmanuel Y. Kortu, and approved by Chief Executive Officer George B. Kailondo on behalf of the Sky FM/TV family, “We specifically want to recognize the crime investigation department and the forensic service unit of the Liberia National Police who were the lead detectives on this investigation.”

13 COMMENTS

  1. Unless and until our society recognizes victim right for what it is, the suffering of thousands of silent victims will continue. The perpetrator cannot face the truth of the victim right because it reveals the horror of injustice they commit. When victims who can no longer speak on their own behalf are vilified, crime solvers should dig deeper.

    From Sydney, Australia, with deep sympathy. RIP

  2. I personally want to command the Liberia National Police (LNP), for their intelligence and efforts apply to bring to light the murderer of deceased journalist Tyron Browne.
    The death of Tyron Browne brought to our newly elected government so many controversies from some failed politician around here, who are seeking greener pasture through their dividing advocacy.
    But I am grateful to God almighty, in who hands we are young wings of this nation who massively voted in power the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to lead and served our peoples, to always guide them in the right direction that the peace we have fought for many years ago will forever be maintain under their good governance.
    Secondly; the effort and Intelligence that the LNP apply to brings to light the perpetrator of Journalist Tyron Browne, is a great signal to every Liberian, that our vision for Democratic Change will be met in every aspect of all Liberian that Justice will take its course to the fullest.
    Some years back, many well-known citizens of this nation was found dead, and there was no cause fund, neither any perpetrators caught to be held responsible for the loss of their lives, however I’m overwhelm to have a government that is able to bring to light some evil people that are in our society and are responsible for those death of many useful citizens of this nation.

  3. Thank you Mr. Wesseh, it was certainly a ‘dark cloud’ hanging over the government. You hit it right on the head, brother.

  4. Thanks be to God because what seemed impenetrable has been penetrated. The murderer, Jonathan Williams has confessed to law enforcement under intense scrutiny. Although the full details of the killing of Tyrone Browne are sketchy so far, it is hoped that more information will pour in. The reason that’s been given so far by Williams is so flimsy that I believe he should not be let off the hook soon. There are many unanswered questions. Maybe the questions are unanswered because law enforcement has yet to ask:

    1. Has Tyrone Browne visited Williams’s residence before? It would amount to a stroke of bad luck for a gentleman to be stabbed to death for the very first time he pays a visit.

    2. Is the residence of Jonathan Williams, the killer located in an isolated area? If not, where were the neighbors during the fight and subsequently the senseless killing of this young guy?

    3. Was Tyrone Browne acquainted with any of the relatives of Jonathan Williams? If not, why was Williams provoked? Did he have any vested interest in the lives of his nieces? Of course, it’s fantastic to be protective of one’s relatives. To the point where a fight erupts between two gentlemen and then a knife is pulled in order to commit murder is hard to swallow.
    Williams the killer, states that he dropped off the body of Tyrone Browne at a location where the corpse would be seen or identified. That sounds too bold.

    Well, the law enforcement personnel in Monrovia must be credited. Take this suggestion law enforcement: Do more to squeeze the truth out of Williams.

  5. Thanks to the security forces for the coordinated efforts to find the perpetrators of this heinous crime. I hope there will be more follow ups for law enforcement officers and the justice department of Liberia to find out more circumstances that led to the death of this young man and the law thereby takes proper course to have the perpetrators paid the full penalties for their crime.
    I have some questions to ask Mr. Williams:

    1. Whenever we as ordinary people hear armed robbers, we think such category of intruders are armed with guns and other objects that will cause harm to their victims including death. Was the this Tyrone carrying anything that threatened you and your cousins when you approached him?

    2. I agree with you that the victim trespassed your property,you asked him to leave and he did not followed your direction. You got in an altercation with him which led to a fist fight and you stabbed him to death. Where were your cousins when the fight started? Because they were the first to see or noticed the intruder. You mean one of them or both of them could not identify Tyrone until his death?

    3. If you killed someone in self defense as you are claiming; after you called your lawyer, did you report yourself to the police that you have killed someone?

    4. After you overpowered him by stabbing him and he was unconscious according to your explanation and he even came back to your doorsteps bleeding profusely, you deposited his body in your car: why didn’t you take him to the hospital instead you decided to dumped his body on the roadside so he could be identified by a passer by? That makes no sense.

    Mr. Williams your story is not adding up in my view. There is something else going on here. In my opinion, the law should hold you, your cousins and the security guy who helped you dumped the lifeless body of the victim liable for his untimely death. I hope justice will take its proper course.

  6. Again, congratulation to the police and thank God they realize the case is “ongoing”, as the “self-defense” motive is rubbish. First, Tyron Brown wasn’t a stranger at that residence, he knew Edwina. Second, no one said he was armed, and his smaller size left no doubt that he couldn’t have posed physical danger to the confessed murderer. All of which would suggest that the bigger guy had an alternative to using a dangerous weapon – beat him with his fists.

    So the question is, why did the assailant use a knife which clearly points to an intention to cause death? The plausible answer is, he wanted him dead – but why?

    Obviously, apart from trying to lessen the severity of his act by using a “self-defense” ploy, the accused isn’t telling the whole truth about his motive for the killing. And any investigator who bought a theory of jealousy to explain away this murder would’ve been fooled by an unconscionable remorseless killer that believed he is smarter than LNP.

    As great as the feeling that police had proven the perception wrong that government had something to do with the murder of the journalist, it’s not enough. They must find out why the suspect used an off-duty uniformed security officer to transport the body of Tyron near his neighborhood. Because it lends support to a supposition of framing the government for death of a journalist at a time few journalists are fanning an exaggerated narrative of a press under siege.

    It showed a), that Tyron wasn’t a stranger to the murderer like he told police of him being an intruder; b), that the accused didn’t hide the murder from an off-duty Security Officer informed the death wasn’t accidental; c), even the presence of a uniformed security guard helping in hauling Tyron in a black jeep and then throwing him out could’ve been intended to give witnesses the impression government was involved.

    These are all probable indicators that poor Tyron was a stooge chosen to be killed in order to deepen the press crisis with the hope that an anti-establishment sentiment in the country would ilegitimize the government before its first 100 days. This would mean there are others not yet named by the suspect. Well conspiracy theory aside, the police should dig deeper to prove or disprove whatever baffles them about inconsistencies between confession and evidence.

    To end, if the so-called “drowning death” of Counselor Allison – who had earlier told Pastor Bowyer that he was scared because some people were following him in cars – was properly investigated, the killers wouldn’t have used the same MO to brutally kill Harry Greaves. The war has been over for fifteen years, yet some money-driven con artists continue to kill as if public safety is a joke: Find the bloody terrorists!

  7. My one disappointment and apprehension about the favorable outcome of this investigation for the family of Tyrone Browne and for all of us in the name of justice, is the revelation in this story that the investigation is being conducted by the “Chief of Traffic!!!” Chief of traffic? Why? End of story!

  8. Police spokesperson Moses Carter quoting Williams: “Williams told investigators that he did not know where journalist Browne went after he stabbed him. But when he and his nieces (Alice and Edwina) made a follow-up, two feet from their house they found the journalist lying down.”
    Realistically, how can someone be TWO FEET from you and you don’t know where they are? Do you expect anyone reading this story to believe Williams’ account? Quite impossible. How far is TWO FEET? Let them find some other excuse or cover story for the purpose or reasons for murdering such a promising journalist; better still, Williams should say what actually happened and not take the fall for someone else. Let justice be served in this case. We call on human rights groups to assist in the investigation and let the REAL story be told – Liberians are watching and listening!!!

  9. Why would a grown man entered someone’s property and refused to identified himself. By not identifying himself, he pose danger to himself and others. He should’ve said the reason he’s there to ease fear from the residents; well..his death could’ve been advoided, but he chosed the wrong path.

  10. Mark, yor wait yea oooo! The explanations given by the killer and his so-called nieces aren’t making sense here. Don’t they sound like
    your seven years old child giving an explanation, mixing all up?

    And I m yet to see the work investigators have so far done in this case to be commended because there are just too many questions left unanswered as pointed by many of the posters.

    Or do we not know how to ask the right questions and get right answers?

    In all someone must be telling half truth.

    ….well, it was after the killing happened before one of them realized oh, she know, or knew Brown
    to be a friend???

    Who are they really kidding here????

    Is this how bad this country has gone ???

    Ah, I wish the dead could speak.

    Like the above headline indicated, certainly, more questions abound than answers.

    But who else can people turn to for help here other than GOD???????????????

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