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Investigators seek leads in 1974 murder of Texas sheriff’s deputy

Harris County Deputy Sheriff Edd Williams (File)
Harris County Deputy Sheriff Edd Williams (File)(KWTX)
Published: Jan. 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM CST
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The Texas Department of Public safety is looking for leads in the 1974 murder of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Edd Williams.

Williams was shot to death on Jan. 12, 1974 during a robbery at the Victoria Apartments in Houston.

The suspects in the case at the time were two black males in their early 20s, who would be in their early to mid-60s today, the DPS said.

A reward of as much as $20,000 is offered for information that results in the case being solved, officials said.

The case is the first to be featured under a new program announced Tuesday.

The Fallen Hero Reward-Texas Remembers program, funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, is intended to generate leads in cases involving law enforcement officers and first responders who were killed or seriously injured in the line of duty or while acting in an official capacity.

“It is an attack on all Texans when a Texas law enforcement officer or first responder is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty,” said Gov. Greg Abbott.

“Worse, it is a momentous injustice when such a crime goes unsolved. This new Crime Stoppers Fallen Hero Reward program was created to help bring closure to these open cases and to ultimately help make Texas a safer place,” he said.

Williams was survived by his wife, who has since died, and his then 6-year-old son, Yancy, who was among those who attended an event Tuesday in Houston to recognize his father’s sacrifice.

“DPS feels a deep loss every time our law enforcement brethren or a first responder pays the ultimate sacrifice while serving this state, and we urge anyone with information related to an unsolved crime to come forward,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said.

Tips may be submitted by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS, by texting the letters “DPS” followed by the tip to 274637, or online.

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