District Attorney Jackie Johnson announces that on June 22, an Appling County jury found Joseph Curtis Williams guilty of kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and rape. Chief Superior Court Judge Amanda F. Williams sentenced Joseph Curtis Williams to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole plus twenty (20) years in prison. The defendant had previously served ten years in prison after being convicted of kidnapping and aggravated assault in Bacon County.
Assistant District Attorney Jan Kennedy presented the case for the State. Dante Hudson of the Circuit Defender’s Office represented the defendant in court.
The District Attorney would like to thank Sgt. Tonya Carter and the Baxley Police Department for leading the investigation, as well as the Appling County Sheriff’s Office, the GBI and the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case. Johnson expressed appreciation to the Baxley WalMart for making available critical evidence in the form of video surveillance for the case. The District Attorney’s Office would also like to thank the jurors for giving three days of their time to serve on this case.
Background of case
On January 30, 2010 Williams kidnapped a 39-year-old female Baxley WalMart employee from the WalMart parking lot at approximately 5:15 a.m. Baxley Police officers later discovered the vehicle Williams was driving on Merrell Miles Road around 7:00 a.m. and found the victim in a wooded area just off the road. The victim suffered serious injuries from the viscous attack. At approximately 7:45 a.m. Williams was found and taken into custody. In 1999 Williams kidnapped and stabbed a lady in Bacon County and was sentenced to ten years in prison for that attack.