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Pullman Stabbing Similar to Convicted Killer's Earlier Case: Prosecutors

By Erin Meyer | November 1, 2014 4:58pm
 Christian Williams is accused of fatally stabbing Thomas Sanchez Jr.
Christian Williams is accused of fatally stabbing Thomas Sanchez Jr.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Less than two years after he was released from prison for the fatal stabbing of a man in 1993, a 48-year-old Pullman man struck again, authorities said. 

Christian Williams, who suffers from schizophrenia, according to his attorney, was ordered held without bail Saturday after police found a man stabbed to death in a house Williams was renting in the 600 block of East 111th Street. 

Prosecutors said Williams allowed 53-year-old Thomas Sanchez Jr. into his home sometime between 6 and 11 a.m. Oct. 29. Without offering any motive for the alleged crime, prosecutors said that Williams turned on Sanchez, grabbed a knife and plunged it into his neck.

Sanchez, of the 11200 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, was later found by police at the home with his pants removed, prosecutors said. Williams admitted to stabbing him. 

Prosecutors also said that Williams was convicted in a 1993 murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was released in March 2013.

In that case, Williams and the victim were having a party, prosecutor said. A witness in the case left the party, and returned later to find the victim bleeding from stab wounds. The victim's pants were unzipped and partially pulled down, they said. 

Williams went after the witness with the knife, but the witness was able to overpower him, prosecutors said. 

A Cook County assistant public defender said Williams suffers from schizophrenia. 

"Unquestionably, no bail," Cook County Judge James Brown said before Williams was led back to the jail, where he will await trial. 


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