Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel says he received test results Wednesday in the death of 23-year-old William Crowder. Dudenbostel says Crowder was killed by manual strangulation and is classified as a homicide.
According to Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker, he received the autopsy report and death certificate on Wednesday for Crowder, and he fully intends to file murder charges against the suspect in the case, but is withholding the suspect’s identity until formal charges are filed.
Walker says there is no rush to file charges, as the suspect has at least 10 years left on his current sentence. He will be meeting today with representatives of the Illinois Department of Corrections regarding the Crowder death, along with others.
Crowder’s murder is the third at Menard since Jan. 31. Walker has filed murder charges against James Amison for the Jan. 31 beating death of Jason Hall and against Donald Hazzard for the beating death of 64-yer-old Yusuf Abuzir. Abuzir was beaten Jan. 25, but succumbed to his injuries on Feb. 25.
Amison was transferred to Pontiac Correctional Center within days of hall’s beating death and it is believed the suspect in the Crowder death was also transferred quickly to Pontiac.
Hazzard, however, is being held in the Randolph County Jail on charges of the Abuzir death, as he was due to be released from IDOC on the day he was charged for the murder.