Redford man bound over in death, mutilation of corpse

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Redford Township — Dexter Lamar Williams, the man accused of killing his girlfriend and mutilating her body in their Redford Township apartment, will be bound over for trial on charges of first-degree murder and mutilation of a body after a preliminary exam Friday morning with Judge Karen Khalil at 17th District Court.

Sgt. Paul Lawrence, a 25-year veteran of the Redford Police Department, was among the group that found 46-year-old Ann Marie Gorup’s body in late September. Lawrence and another officer had been sent to a wellness check after Gorup’s boss called Redford police, concerned Gorup hadn’t shown up for work or had been heard from.

When he got to the apartment, he saw Gorup’s vehicle there. He looked down into the basement apartment and called Gorup’s name — but there was no answer. There were, however, “what appeared to be blood stains,” Lawrence testified.

Lawrence called for backup. Three more officers arrived, bringing the total to five on the scene.

Before long, the officers saw a man in the apartment. Lawrence asked him to come outside, which he did. That man was Dexter Williams, 44, but he refused to give his name.

What he did say is that he and his girlfriend, who police had come to check on, had been arguing the night before, and she had thrown him out, according to Lawrence.

An officer asked Williams if police could enter. Williams said he prefer they didn’t, that his dog was inside, sick.

The officer said he wasn’t asking, and Williams was put in the back of a police car while officers checked the apartment. When officers shone a light on Williams, they saw red stains on his shirt and jeans, Lawrence said.

Lawrence was the only witness called by either side at the preliminary exam, though at least two members of the court audience were sequestered from the action beforehand, on the chance they could be called at some point in the case.

A short video of Williams, in the back seat of the police car, was played. The prosecution and the defense both stipulated to its content: Williams is shown saying “Son of a (expletive), they caught me too fast,” and “I should’ve never walked into that (expletive) house.”

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office ruled Gorup’s killing a homicide, the result of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head.

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Mary Rubio argued that Williams should be bound over for trial as charged, with one count of first-degree murder, and one count of mutilation of a body. Rubio said that strangulation and blunt force trauma take time, and thought, unlike quicker deaths such as a single stab or gunshot wound.

Defense attorney Samuel Churikian argued that the brutality of an alleged crime isn’t necessarily proof of premeditation.

“If he should be bound over,” Churikian said, “it should be for second-degree murder.”

After a break to review case law cited by the defense, Kahlil agreed with the prosecution and bound Williams over as charged.

“I believe the prosecution has met its burden,” Kahlil said.

Williams will next appear at Wayne County Circuit Court on Feb. 26 for an arraignment on information.