A thug who executed his ex-wife in front of their five-year-old daughter has been found guilty by a court in Fulton County, Georgia, and he is now awaiting sentencing for his heinous crime. As he fired the fourth and final shot into his ex-wife’s head, he gave a sick five-word reason to his brother-in-law, who also witnessed the murder.
According to Daily Mail, 55-year-old William Lee Sankey was found guilty yesterday of felony murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children, false imprisonment, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. According to court documents, on April 28, 2015, Sankey shot his ex-wife, Rhonda Williams, in the head three times in front of their five-year-old child.
As Williams’ brother entered the room, Sankey fired the fourth and final shot into the mother’s head as their child witnessed the entire gruesome incident and said, “I had to do it.” Sankey reportedly committed the brutal murder in a fit of rage over his ex-wife’s new relationship.
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Sankey waited for Williams to arrive home from work before he confronted her about her new relationship. Law enforcement states that Sankey was having a difficult time coping with their divorce and had gotten into numerous heated arguments with his ex-wife over who would keep the house when they parted ways. Court documents reveal that Sankey and Williams had been divorced for four years, but they still resided at the same residence where he brutally murdered her.
Fulton County District Attorney Dantaye Carter said that, after Sankey murdered Williams, he called his friends and family to confess and requested that they come to the house. Carter also reported that Sankey refused to let anyone call 911 as his ex-wife was dying on the floor. Police reportedly arrested Sankey later that evening after an hours-long manhunt.
This murder is truly a heartbreaking story where an innocent woman lost her life and a five-year-old little girl witnessed the brutal murder of her mother over a house that neither will now have. Williams is deceased, and the only home Sankey will enjoy is one with bars. So, no, he didn’t “have to do it.” It was a selfish choice that cost everyone involved dearly; most of all, his innocent child.
It is unimaginable, the pain and suffering the now seven-year-old little girl will endure for the rest of her life with the loss of both of her parents at the same time. Albeit a tragic lesson, there is still a moral to the story; Sometimes all it takes to save the life of a loved one in an abusive or volatile relationship is a phone call or offer of help. Perhaps Williams’ life might have been saved if those who had knowledge of her situation intervened for her and her child.