Accused killer from 1983 changes mind, takes plea bargain, gets out of jail

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Wed, November 16th 2022, 2:02 PM EST)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The man charged with murdering a young woman back in 1983 was released from jail after going to court and taking a plea bargain.

That came one day after Ralph Williams, 60, rejected the deal the state presented to him.

Monday, Williams also said he wasn’t happy with his lawyer and wanted to hire another one.

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That would’ve meant another delay for the loved ones of 21-year-old Carla Lowe. Williams’ trial would not have started until April.

Lowe was found beaten and run over on a road in Delray Beach. Police said they thought Williams killed her while she was waiting for an Amtrak train.

But by Tuesday, Williams had a change of heart and agreed to plead guilty to armed manslaughter, as opposed to first-degree murder.

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Ralph Williams was arrested in Jacksonville on Nov. 29 and booked into jail here on Dec. 6, 2021. (Palm Beach Co. Sheriff’s Office)

He was sentenced to a year in prison but got credit for the year he already served. He’ll also be on probation for 10 years.

Williams wasn’t arrested until a year ago — in November 2021 — when he lived in Jacksonville. Investigators said that was when fingerprint evidence led to him.

He was released from jail at 8:25 p.m. Tuesday.

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