Twelve year old boy murdered by his adoptive father, Luke Williams III, apparently for insurance money. Shaun's cause of death was strangulation, Linda Williams, his mother was beaten to death at the same time. Shaun (or Shawn) Williams was an native of El Salvador who was orphaned by the 1978 civil war. He was adopted 2 years prior to his death. The Williams lived in Georgia, but the trial was held in South Carolina where apparently the crime was commited. Luke Williams was executed Feb 2009.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
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