HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for a man accused in the fatal shooting of his ex-wife.
Investigators said 53-year-old Jerry Williams is considered armed and dangerous after he allegedly killed a 50-year-old mother of four Sunday morning in a trailer off Artie Road. The victim's family said she had escaped to the trailer to avoid her ex-husband.
"She was going to Amite today to show text messages where he was threatening to kill her," said Henrietta Lucas, the victim's sister.
But Linda Williams never made it. Her family said she was shot in the face shortly after she returned from another night's work of assisting elderly patients.
"You took our sister's life, someone we loved. Please turn yourself in," said another sister, Marilyn Lucas.
Family members said Jerry Williams was a convicted felon who should have never been freed.
"He's been arrested multiple times, over 20 times in the Ponchatoula area," said Dawn Panepinto with the sheriff's office.
Family members are angry - especially since Jerry William had been arrested just last month for threatening violence against Linda.
"It's my understanding that she went last week to get a restraining order against him," said Henrietta.
Police confirm there was a restraining order in place against Jerry Williams, but it had little impact.
"Unfortunately she did everything right, filing reports and claims and making sure she could protect herself," said Panepinto.
Jerry Williams' red Mustang was found abandoned near the murder scene Sunday morning. He is now being sought for second-degree murder.
"When we recovered the Mustang, we didn't find his weapon so he's probably still got that," said Panepinto.
Several neighbors said they saw Jerry Williams fleeing the murder scene shortly after they heard gunshots. Family members said the murder was the culmination of years of abuse.
Anyone with information on Williams' whereabouts is asked to contact Tangipahoa Crimestoppers at (800) 554-5245.