Suspect arrested in 1986 Fort Worth homicide



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 2:56 PM


Darla Miles reports.

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FORT WORTH - Almost 23 years after the crime was committed, a 63-year-old Dallas real estate agent is in custody for the brutal murder of Sandra Leah Martin.

Martin was slain in her Fort Worth home back in 1986 while her two young children were home.

Jay Williams has been charged with capital murder and aggravated sexual assault and is being held on a $500,000 bond. Fort Worth homicide investigators have been tracking him for the last few weeks after they got a fingerprint match in a national database.

A search warrant was executed at the Collin County home of Williams after his early Wednesday morning arrest.Detectives spent hours looking for any additional evidence that may tie the 63-year realtor to the murder and rape of Martin.

On September 22, 1986, Martin was a stay-at-home mom with two kids aged five and two. Their house was on the market. Police believe she let Williams in because he said he wanted to buy the house.

Police allege that Williams raped her, covered her face with duct tape and then shot her in the head.

Martin's husband had been calling home with no answe.

"The last call he made is when the five-year-old son answered the phone, and he asked to speak with the mom," Sgt. Criado said."The five year old told the dad that his mom was in the bedroom with the door locked, and that there was a man in the house."

Investigators said Williams walked out right back the front door and has been unknown to police for two decades.

Williams is a part-time agent with William Davis Realtors in Dallas. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force and Fort Worth police Wednesday morning at his Collin County home without incident.

"It's a big deal," said Sgt. Pedro Criado, Spokesperson for the Fort Worth Police Department. "It's a good feeling for the detectives, for the police department as well as the victims."

Williams was arrested before for carrying a concealed weapon and for embezzlement. Homicide investigators said they will now be looking at him as a possible suspect in other cold cases.