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Arrest made in 2009 Columbia murder

Feb 3, 2011 11:01:00 AM - thestate.com
A suspect has been arrested in the death of Ebony Williams, whose body was found in the wake of a Columbia apartment fire two years ago today.

Ahmad Jamal Wilkins, 36, was arrested Wednesday and now is at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, charged with murder.

Firefighters found Williams' body after a Feb. 3, 2009, fire at Bethel Bishop Chappelle Memorial Apartments at 100 Ripplemeyer Avenue, just inside the front door of her first-floor apartment unit. She was killed sometime after midnight that day. The fire was reported later, just after 1 p.m.

Richland County coroner Gary Watts reported the next day that Williams, 22 at the time of her death, died of strangulation.

Wilkins had been a suspect for some time, but police waited until evidence developed that helped tied him to the case, including DNA evidence, the Columbia Police Department said.