A 19-year-old woman is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail for the solicitation of murder after she allegedly asked a fictional boy to murder her family and take her away from Alabama. (Stock photo)
A 19-year-old is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail after asking a fictional stranger to shoot and kill her family.
According to court records filed Tuesday, 19-year-old Marissa Williams has lived with her aunt in Fosters, Ala., since April 2014. Their relationship was strained by Williams’ habits on social media — she allegedly would invite strangers she befriended on sites like Facebook over to her house.
When her aunt asked Williams to stop inviting men she met online to her home and did not allow her to go to parties with strangers, the 19-year-old blocked her aunt on Facebook, prohibiting the woman from seeing what her niece was doing there.
According to the deposition, Williams’ aunt decided to create a Facebook profile for a fictional man that she named Tre ‘Topdog’ Ellis so that she could add Williams as a friend and chat with her. The woman hoped for a rare glimpse into her niece’s online activity and for an opportunity to teach Williams about the dangers of interacting with strangers online.
The experiment soured quickly. According to court documents, Williams began unknowingly talking to her aunt, posing as Ellis, in late May, and on the first day they interacted online, she gave the fictional boy her phone number and home address and asked him to come over and get drunk with her. She then offered to have sex with him if he’d pay her $50 cell phone bill.
Days later, Williams allegedly told the man she knew as Ellis that her family made her angry and that she wanted to get out of Alabama. She then asked the man she’d never met to come kidnap her and take her away from her family. According to the deposition, Williams told ‘Tre’ to shoot and kill her aunt if she tried to stop him.
Her plans reportedly got increasingly intricate and sinister as time passed. According to the court files, she told the fictional man how to get into her aunt’s bedroom so he could kill her and the woman’s fiance first, then she asked him to shoot her cousin and the family dog on the way out. Williams allegedly planned to pack her things in his car while ‘Tre’ murdered her family.
When she read what Williams was asking the fictional boy to do, the aunt called the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and asked for help.
According to the deposition, deputies arrived and interviewed Williams, who admitted to the plot but apologized and said she didn’t really mean for anyone to be killed. She was arrested and taken to the county jail, where she is charged with the solicitation of murder. Williams remains there pending a $30,000 bond.