TAMPA — An arrest was made Friday night in a 2005 killing.
Almost eight years ago, the body of 25-year-old Alvin Christopher Johnson of Tampa was found in the trunk of a car behind a Best Western hotel at 9331 Adamo Drive. His hands and feet were bound, authorities said, and the cause of death was never released.
Friday night, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Antonius "Thug" Williams, 32, of Tampa. On Oct. 5, 2005 — the last day he was seen alive — Johnson contacted Williams about a marijuana sale, the Sheriff's Office said. Johnson's body was found Oct. 9.
Over the years, one witness has said Williams admitted to the crime, according to the Sheriff's Office, while another witness saw Williams driving Johnson's car. Also, wire and tape in Williams' home was similar to the wire and tape used to bind Johnson's hand and feet, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement analysis.
A grand jury indicted Williams Thursday. He was arrested Friday evening in Tampa and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on first-degree murder, robbery and grand theft auto charges. He was denied bail. Williams has 13 felony convictions, state records show, and has served four stints in state prison.