Posted on December 7, 2021

Homeless Drifter From Miami With Extensive Record Killed 14-Year-Old Boy

Michelle Solomon, Local 10, December 1, 2021

“He appears to be a homeless drifter spending most of his time on the streets of Miami” is how Clint Shannon, Chief of Police of Palm Beach Gardens’ Police Department, described 39-year-old Semmie Lee Williams Jr.

Semmie Lee Williams

Semmie Lee Williams

Williams was arrested Wednesday and was taken into custody in Miami on a first-degree murder charge for the killing of Ryan Rogers, 14.

Ryan Rogers

Ryan Rogers


Shannon did say that Rogers was stabbed, but would not release further details, saying that the investigation is ongoing.


“It appears to be a chance encounter between a child and an animal that should not be out on our streets,” Shannon said.

Williams has an extensive criminal record, according to Shannon.

In 2016, Williams was arrested for aggravated assault with strangulation by the Fulton County Georgia police department.

In 2016, Williams was a fugitive from justice and arrested on a warrant in San Diego, Calif.

In 2014, he was arrested for battery on a person 65 years of age or older in Atlanta, Ga.

In 2007, he was arrested for failure to appear in Seminole, Fla.

In 2006, he was arrested for violation of an injunction on a battery case and failure to appear in Sanford, Fla.

In 2005, he was arrested on a protective order for domestic violence in Seminole County, Fla.

In 2005, he was arrested for probation violation in Seminole County, Fla.

In 2004, he was arrested for petty theft in Sanford, Fla. and

In 2004, he was arrested for carrying a concealed electric weapon in Sanford, Fla.