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Son charged in Hope Mills woman's November 2011 murder

Posted March 30, 2012

— Cumberland County authorities charged a man with murder Friday for the November 2011 death of his mother.

The body of Edwardyne "Dynee" Williams, 50, was found in some woods off Canady Pond Road on Dec. 11. Her car had been found, with her house keys and cellphone inside, a few days before. She had been missing for about two weeks.

An autopsy report, completed in February, found Williams had been strangled.

Homicide detectives charged Williams' son, Robert Terry Ellison, 30, of 1822 Canady Pond Road, with second-degree murder.

Ellison was  already in jail on a weapons charge when he was charged with murder. The new charge means he will be held without bail. 


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  • xchief661 Mar 30, 2012

    Blown away! What is wrong with people???? This is so sad and when her daughters begged for her life it broke my heart. Im so sorry for this mother and her daughters. Its hard enough when someone you don't know does something so terrible but when a child that you gave birth to and fed and protected does this it is beyond terrible. I know she felt safe with him. He was her child. I can't imagine what was going through her mind.

  • pinkiglock Mar 30, 2012

    Nothing new nowadays because of our lax court system/Society. May she RIP.

  • msncdso Mar 30, 2012

    Would it hurt to wait for the trial before hanging anyone? It still could have been someone else (or not).

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 30, 2012

    This is just terrible, and I hope they've got some solid evidences to back up the charges.

  • sflicker2 Mar 30, 2012

    I wonder what evidence they have against the son.

  • itsmyownopinion Mar 30, 2012

    It's very sad the woman was murdered, especially by a family member. I cannot imagine what the other family members are going through at this time, but my heart goes out to them.

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Mar 30, 2012

    I just cannot imagine what state of mind a person would have to be in to commit such a horrible act. unfathomable....

  • djofraleigh Mar 30, 2012

    At least it was kept in the family, but still a major tragedy.

  • iknowjack Mar 30, 2012

    I wonder how psychotic someone must be to strangle their own mother. Or maybe it's just pure evil. Either way, I'm glad this trash is being properly disposed of.

  • storchheim Mar 30, 2012

    Wow. I shudder to speculate but the idea of strangling anyone, let alone your mother, even in self-defense is daunting. You have to actually break a bone and I imagine it's not quick.

    I understand a crime of passion, not premeditated, just someone loses it in a flash and uses a blunt object or shoves someone down the stairs, but yikes....