Grand jury indicts WR Councilman Williams

WARNER ROBINS — A Houston County grand jury has indicted a Warner Robins council member on one count of false statements and writings.

Councilman John Williams is accused of making false statements to Warner Robins police officers in connection to reporting his city-issued cell phone had been stolen. Williams previously told The Telegraph, “I’m guilty of nothing.”

The indictment issued Tuesday alleged that Williams, 71, “did knowingly and willfully falsify, mislead and cover up by trick, scheme and device” that his cell phone had not been stolen after having reported it stolen to Warner Robins police.

Williams referred comment Thursday to Charles E. Cox Jr., a Macon attorney representing him.

“We are disappointed that a grand jury indicted the case but are confident that he will ultimately prevail,” Cox said by telephone Thursday.

Cox, who declined to elaborate on the defense’s response to the accusations against Williams, said he is confident that the evidence at trial will exonerate Williams.

The Dublin Judicial Circuit was appointed as special prosecutor on the case by the state Attorney General’s Office. The Houston County District Attorney’s Office sought the special prosecutor because of the political nature of the case. Dublin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Craig Fraser could not be reached Thursday for comment.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.