Cedar Rapids Murder Suspect Finally Faces Charges
By Dave Franzman, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS - It took nearly nine months, but a man wanted in a Cedar Rapids murder case finally appeared in court on Friday.
Cedar Rapids police actually have two people in custody--but only one is under arrest.
The case stems from the stabbing death of Nathan Williams, 39, outside a Cedar Rapids convenience store on June 22, 2007. Authorities arrested Timothy Hines, 33, on first degree murder and unlawful flight charges on Thursday. But authorities also jailed Mya Williams, 34, as a material witness in the case. Mya Williams is not related to stabbing victim Nathan Williams.
In court, Timothy Hines said nothing as the judge set his bond at a million dollars. But Mya Williams objected to the $25,000 bond she would have to post to get out of jail prior to trial.
Williams said "I won't get released?"
Magistrate Marty Hagge replied "If you post the bond you'll be released."
Williams then said "I can't afford that." and the magistrate added "I know, you said that. Talk to your attorney."
Prosecutors say Mya Williams is being held as a material witness, in part, because she has no permanent address and without a bond in place she might not return for a trial.
Authorities believe Mya Williams got in an argument with Nathan Williams at the convenience store last June. As both left the store, Nathan Williams was allegedly stabbed by Timothy Hines.
Police say a number of people saw the stabbing and they eventually got cooperation in naming a suspect. But it still took time to find the suspect and the important material witness.
Lt. Kenneth Washburn, Cedar Rapids Police Department, said "when someone flees the are and keeps moving around and is somewhat good at disguising their location--it does take awhile."
Federal marshals caught up with Hines and Williams in Davenport on Thursday. In court, it was revealed that both the suspect and witness had moved around Iowa during the nearly nine-month-long search.
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