Police announce arrest in Russell Cave Road killing

Man was shot, body set on fire

jkegley@herald-leader.comMarch 26, 2011 

Sidney Lane Williams Jr.

Lexington police made an arrest Friday in one of 2010's grisliest homicides.

Police charged Sidney Lane Williams Jr., 36, with murder in the death of Victor Martin, 39. Police say Martin was shot and killed, and his body was set on fire and left near a driveway on Russell Cave Road.

A homeowner who was going outside to get his newspaper found Martin's burning body the morning of Aug. 15.

Williams is also charged with tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Sgt. Ann Guitierrez spoke about the arrest at a news conference Friday night.

Guitierrez said Williams and Martin were "acquaintances" and "potentially former co-workers."

According to court records, Martin was employed at Aichi Forge, a metal forging plant in Georgetown, until the month before his death.

For a time, Martin lived on West Fifth Street in Lexington. Neighbors said they knew Martin as "the liquor man" because he sold liquor. He was a hard-working family man, they said, and had gotten a job with Aichi Forge as a first step toward turning his life around.

Martin had more than 25 criminal charges — most of them misdemeanors — in Lexington dating to 1994.

Former neighbors have refused to be quoted, telling Herald-Leader reporters to speak to his family.

Anna Weathers, identified in court documents as Martin's mother, declined to speak with reporters Friday night.

Current court documents for Sidney Williams Jr. were not immediately available. He has had two felony arrests in Lexington.

In 2002, he was charged with robbery, trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school and first-degree trafficking cocaine.

In 2003, he was charged with trafficking marijuana, receiving a stolen firearm, defacing a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Sidney Williams Jr. and his father, Sidney Williams Sr., are currently in the Fayette County jail.

The senior Williams has a lengthy criminal history in Lexington and is currently serving time for a probation violation, according to court records.

Guitierrez said it was purely coincidence that Williams' arrest came just hours after another murder suspect was charged.

Police announced Friday afternoon that they had arrested John Cherry in the fatal shooting of Lexington cab driver Amine Lemghaili in the Woodhill neighborhood on Sunday.

"When information comes in, we don't get to pick and choose. We don't time it, but when we have that information we have to go forward with it and move on it," she said.

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