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Grand Jury Finding Brings Closure to Unsolved 1989 Murder of Tony Williams 
The investigation into the 1989 murder of off-duty Knoxville Police Department Officer Tony Williams is officially closed after a Knox County Grand Jury determined there was probable cause to charge a now-deceased individual with his murder. 

Members of the KPD Homicide Unit and Organized Crime Unit presented the case to a Grand Jury in December. Following that presentment, the Grand Jury returned a finding that there was probable cause to believe that Johnny Edgar Warwick committed first-degree murder of Tony Williams on July 7, 1989. 

The finding stated that the Grand Jury “finds that Johnny Edgar Warwick, on or about the 7th day of July, 1989, did unlawfully, intentionally, deliberately and with premeditation kill Anthony Williams.”

Warwick died sometime around November 1, 2023, effectively closing the investigation due to the death of the offender. 

On July 7, 1989, KPD patrol officer Tony Williams was shot and killed while riding his motorcycle on Cherry Street near I-40. Williams was off duty at the time of his murder. No suspects had been convicted of Tony’s murder. The recent Grand Jury finding brings finality and closure to the case. 

After remaining dormant for years, Homicide Unit Sergeant Rodney Patton reinvigorated the investigation roughly five years ago. Sergeant Patton was assisted by OCU detective Brandon Stryker and retired FBI Special Agent Paul Hughes, who worked collaboratively over the past year-plus to assemble the evidence and prepare what proved to be a successful Grand Jury presentment. The FBI Safe Streets Task Force also assisted the investigation. 

“I am so proud of Sergeant Patton, Detective Stryker and Special Agent Hughes,” Chief of Police Paul Noel said. “Their persistence paid off, bringing needed closure to our department and those who loved Tony. Their efforts are admirable and reflect our collective commitment to justice, regardless of how long it takes.” 

The Grand Jury finding can be seen here
Posted by serland On 30 January, 2024 at 10:48 AM