Philly Man Charged with 4 Separate Murders Over 7-Month Period

The killings linked to the suspect range from September 2018 to May 2019, police said.

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A young man from the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia has been charged with four separate slayings over a seven-month period in 2018 and 2019, police said Friday.

Steven Williams, 25, of the 6900 block of Ogontz Avenue, was already incarcerated in state prison for unrelated crimes when Philadelphia detectives brought him back to the city for questioning about the four homicides.

His alleged victims include a 35-year-old man shot once in the head, Sept. 8, 2018, on Hartel Avenue in the Rhawnhurst neighborhood; a 39-year-old man found shot multiple times in a car on Forrest Avenue in the Stenton neighborhood, Feb. 10, 2019; an person police did not identify killed on Meehan Street in East Mount Airy, March 25, 2019; and an person police did not identify killed on West Girard Avenue in the Fairmount section, May 4, 2019.

"Following a complex investigation by Philadelphia Homicide detectives, my office is today able to begin prosecution of Steven Williams, who collected thousands of dollars as a contract killer. His streak of wanton, violent crimes against our communities over the past two-plus years ends today,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said. “I would like to thank the Philadelphia Police Department for their investigation and my office’s Homicide Unit for moving forward with this case. Despite the closure of most court functions, we will proceed as quickly as possible to bring him to justice, and to support those who have been mourning his victims for years."

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