Marianna Murders

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis

Friday is the one year anniversary of the worst homicide case in Jackson County history.

Nineteen-year-old Danielle Baker and her three young sons were found murdered inside of their Marianna apartment. Authorities have yet to name a suspect they still say they're making headway in the case.

It's a year later and investigators continue to gather clues.

Baker and her three children, all under the age of four, were found dead in their apartment last March. Baker was shot in the head and the children were found bound with duct tape, asphyxiated.

Marianna Police Chief Lou Roberts says the crime scene was devastating to witness.

“Seeing these children as victims made a lasting impression. It’s one of the worst that I've seen as far as involving children. Anytime you have children involved you become emotional,” says Roberts.

The case has had some recent developments. Jonathan Wesley Williams is considered a person of interest by police. Williams is the father of two of the victims. So far he has declined to be interviewed by investigators and refused to submit to a polygraph.

“He's lost children. He's lost a former friend, a very close friend, someone who had his children. I would think he would be more than willing to come forward and work with us on that. That's what we're asking for,” Roberts says.

The apartment were Baker and her children lived is also the same place where investigators collected over 2,000 pieces of evidence.

One item led them to Williams’ apartment in Sneads, but what they found there is still under wraps.

“I really can't comment to what we found or if we found what we were looking for or the reason we happen to be looking there, but we did have some information that developed in the labs that something pertaining to the case may be at that location,” Roberts adds.

Community members have planned a candle light vigil for Danielle Baker Friday night at 6 p.m. That vigil will take place at the Cottondale Village Apartments, the site of the murders.


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