Lafayette man faced drugs, weapons arrest days before murder accusation in heroin death

Posted at 1:20 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 14:20:47-04

A Lafayette man was arrested on drug and weapons charges days before police booked him on second-degree murder in a heroin-overdose death, his arrest affidavit shows.

William Williams, 25, is accused in the April 19 death of Ethon Daigle, the Lafayette Police Department announced on Friday.

On Tuesday, KATC received a copy of Williams’ arrest affidavit. The document does not detail his alleged involvement in the overdose death but instead details his arrest five days before police made the murder accusation public.

An officer on May 11 was investigating a "suspicious vehicle that had an odor of marijuana" at the Microtel Inn on Ambassador Caffery Parkway, the document states. Williams was a passenger in the vehicle and "became uncooperative" with commands to put his hands on the dashboard and instead put his hands under the seat.

The officer claims Williams then threw something under the vehicle when he exited, and it turned out to be "a bag with a tan rock substance in it" that Williams later identified as "Molly." The officer stated they also found a firearm and a bag of marijuana under Williams’ seat.

The officer then found Williams had an active warrant from May 2 for illegal use of weapons and aggravated assault in a firearm-free zone, according to the affidavit. 

Williams was booked on the warrant and additional charges of marijuana possession, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance and monies derived from drugs.