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Jury Finds Man Guilty of 2017 Kitchen House Way Killing

August 3, 2018

A Germantown man has been found guilty of murder for his involvement in a quadruple shooting at a Germantown townhouse which left one man dead and three others suffering from gunshot wounds on April 29, 2017. Police also believe that he is responsible for the killing of another man in Prince Georges County while he was on the run after the first shooting.

   Montgomery County State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy, announced today that a jury found Furl John Williams, 26, of Fort Washington, guilty on multiple counts including Felony Murder which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.

   Williams, who at one point, was a resident of the 18800 block of McFarlin Drive in Germantown, was found guilty of Felony Murder for the homicide of 19-year-old Amaru Amir Santos Johnson and the shooting of three other people in a townhouse at 12839 Kitchen House Way.

   Williams is the second suspect to either be found guilty or plead guilty to crimes connected with this incident. In December, 25-year-old Clarksburg resident, Eric Anthony Lee pleaded guilty to two counts of Armed Robbery and four counts of First Degree Assault. He remains in the Montgomery County Correctional Center awaiting sentencing.

“Shooting multiple people in a home invasion simply will not be tolerated,” said Ramon V. Korionoff, spokesman for the State’s Attorney’s Office. “Violet criminals will be apprehended, prosecuted and do jail time.”

   On Saturday, April 29 in 2017 at approximately 12:55 am, the Emergency Communications Center received multiple calls for a shooting that had just occurred inside of the residence. Officers from the 5th District along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded and located two adult male victims and two adult female victims at the home suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The three remaining victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

   According to court documents, Williams and Lee were the Kitchen House Way neighborhood at about midnight, an hour before the shooting. At about that time two female victims were accosted by Lee and Williams, as they left their vehicle and were walking toward the residence.

   Charging documents state that one suspect, Williams, produced a handgun, took their bags, and gave them to a second suspect who proceeded to rummage through them. Williams placed the handgun to the victims’ heads on several occasions made them lie face down in the parking lot. “He repeated to the victims he did not want them to lose their life over this,” said the court documents.

   Police believe that Williams and Lee took two female victims’ purses, wallets, keys, and a cell phone, and fled on foot but may have ultimately fled the area in a vehicle. The robbery victims fled to the townhouse at 12839 Kitchen House Way, where the shooting ultimately occurred.

   According to the charging documents, at least one of the people who would later be shot had witnessed some portion of the armed robbery. Another witness called Amaru Johnson, known as “AJ” and four other people to let them know that a robbery was taking place. Johnson and four others came to the residence, where the victims and witnesses discussed the robbery and determined that Eric “Little Eric” Lee was one of the men who committed the robbery. According to court documents on Maryland Judicial Case Search, Lee had once lived at an address on Dairymaid Drive in Germantown which is which is about 2,000 feet from the townhouse where the shooting took place.

   Johnson was about to contact “Little Eric” via SnapChat and told him to return to the scene and bring the stolen belongings back, said the charging documents.

   According to police, shortly before 1:00 am on Saturday, April 29, 2017, Eric Lee and Furl Williams returned to the Kitchen House Way address, where Johnson and two other shooting victims were waiting outside. The charging documents state that Lee told police that it was Williams who walked up to the front of the residence and began “shooting in the direction of the victims.”

   Police say that Williams immediately shot the first victim in the right femur and the adult male victim fell to the ground, as Johnson and another victim ran into the townhouse. The first victim heard more gunshots and scrambled to a neighbor’s house to get help. Johnson was shot in the chest while in the front foyer of the townhouse, while two more adult female victims were also shot, one in the head and the other in the left leg.

   Court documents state that the three remaining people in the residence fled out the back door and jumped off the back deck. Police believe that Williams fled through the front door, but before leaving, he pistol-whipped the first shooting victim and asked “where the marijuana was” and fled.

   Roughly, nine hours later that morning at 10:21 am on April 29, 2017, MCPD received a call about an illegally parked car at 13302 Queenstown Lane in Germantown. Police responded and discovered a blue 2009 Toyota Camry parked in front of a “No Parking” sign. After a check, it was determined that the vehicle was stolen 12 days earlier during an armed carjacking in Prince Georges County on April 17, 2017, court documents reveal. Queenstown Lane is a little more than half-a-mile from the townhouse where the shooting took place.

   While investigating the stolen vehicle, detectives discovered the purses, wallets, keys and the cell phone belonging to the two female victims of the armed robbery at the Kitchen House Way address. Investigators also discovered latent fingerprints in the driver’s side door of the stolen Toyota, according to court documents.  Detectives determined that fingerprints belonged to Furl John Williams, whose criminal history includes arrests for robbery, theft, motor vehicle theft, and assault.

   After the shootings, it Williams fled to Prince Georges County where on May 3, the day after Montgomery County issued an arrest warrant, Prince Georges County Police say he shot and killed a man who was pumping gas at an Exxon gas station in Suitland.

   A Prince Georges County Police say that on May 3, 2017 shortly after midnight, patrol officers responded to the gas station in the 4700 block of Silver Hill Road. The officers found the victim — 27-year-old Wayne Pope of Suitland — outside suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

   The preliminary investigation reveals the victim had gone into the gas station to make a purchase. When he was returning to his car, the Williams approached him armed with a gun. Pope and Williams got into a struggle, and Williams shot the victim during that struggle and then stole his car. He was arrested by Prince Georges County Police.

   On Friday, the Montgomery County jury found Williams guilty of 14 counts of the 23-count indictment including Second Degree Felony Murder for the death of Amaru Johnson, Home Invasion, two counts of Armed Robbery for the robbery of the first two victims, one count of Attempted Armed Robbery, four counts of First Degree Assault, four counts of Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Disqualifying Crime.

  Williams will be sentenced at 2:30 pm on Sept. 7, before Judge Gary Bair in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County in Rockville. He faces life in prison. State’s Attorney McCarthy thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Marybeth Ayres and Peter Larson for their prosecution of the case.

 

Captions:

Top: Furl John Williams, formerly of the 18800 block of McFarlin Drive in Germantown has been found guilty of the murder of 19-year-old Amaru Amir Santos Johnson on April 29, 2017 in Germantown and 13 other crimes. He is also charged with the killing of 27-year-old Wayne Pope at an Exxon gas station in Suitland in May of 2017. Photo courtesy MCPD.

Next: In December 2017, Eric Anthony Lee, of Clarksburg pleaded guilty to two counts of Armed Robbery and four counts of First Degree Assault. Photo courtesy MCPD.

Video: MCPD body-camera video of the shooting as police first arrived at the Kitchen House Way townhouse were four people and Amaru “AJ” Johnson was killed by Furl Williams. Photo courtesy State’s Attorney’s Office.

Next: One of the victims, suffering non-life threatening injuries after being shot in the incident at the townhouse on Kitchen House Way is wheeled to an MCFRS ambulance to be transported to a local hospital.

Next: Montgomery County Police photo, used as evidence during Williams’ trial, showing blood stains on the back deck of the townhouse at 12839 Kitchen House Way where four people were shot in April 2017. Photo courtesy State’s Attorney’s Office.

Next: Prosecution photo of the inside of the stolen blue Toyota Camry police find parked 13302 Queenstown Lane in Germantown. Police found Williams fingerprints in the vehicle. Photo courtesy State’s Attorney’s Office.

Next: Prosecution photo of a cell phone, belonging to one of the initial robbery victims, in this case, found under the seat of the blue Toyota Camry found in Germantown. Photo courtesy State’s Attorney’s Office.

 

Photos by Germantown Pulse.

 

 

 

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