September 4, 2019
Murdered teen drug dealer “ambushed” outside home, according to investigators
Lincoln L. Williams Jr., 18, (top) died Aug. 26 of a gunshot wound to the face. The three defendants (bottom, from left) — Daniel Farmer, Lucretia Robinson and Myison Ellis — allegedly conspired to rob him of cocaine and cash that night.
Sheriff Mosier would like to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation and thank our law enforcement partners.
— Sgt. James Hartman
A murder case resulting from the shooting death of a Warrenton teenager last week continued to work its way through Fauquier County General District Court on Wednesday morning.
In an apparent drug deal that turned violent, Lincoln L. Williams Jr. on Aug. 26 got shot in the face outside his home at 5042 Old Auburn Mill Road, about five miles east of town.
Mr. Williams died at 11:40 p.m. at Fauquier Hospital of a gunshot wound.
Two of three suspects in the case made brief video courtroom appearances on Sept. 4.
Arrested on Sunday, Myison Iaeene Ellis, 38, of Waynesboro faces three charges — first-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of felony and conspiracy to commit robbery in Mr. Williams’ shooting death.
Investigators allege that Mr. Ellis, who turned himself in at the sheriff’s office on Sept. 1, fired the gun that killed the 18-year-old victim. Of the three defendants, only he faces a firearms charge.
Mr. Williams “was likely shot at close range,” according to the arrest warrant that sheriff’s Det. Brandon H. Darr obtained.
Authorities on Aug. 28 arrested and charged Daniel Martin Farmer II, 23, of Nokesville with first-degree murder in Mr. Williams’ shooting death. Last Friday, they added another charge — conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with Mr. Williams’ shooting death.
Mr. Farmer appeared in general district court for that charge Wednesday morning.
A third suspect — Lucretia Ann Robinson, 54 of Manassas — faces the same conspiracy charge. Arrested last Thursday, Ms. Robinson appeared by video in general district court the following day.
Mr. Ellis next will appear in court Oct. 3. Both Mr. Farmer and Ms. Robinson again will appear Nov. 14. Each will be represented by a different defense lawyer.
Mr. Williams’ father Lincoln L. Williams Sr., mother Crystal and his younger brother were home when the shooting occurred.
The father told investigators his son earlier that day “had obtained a large amount of cocaine.”
The victim told his father that he “would travel” to the Warrenton Walmart “to sell drugs,” according to Mr. Farmer’s arrest warrant.
A review of Walmart video showed Mr. Williams in the store at about 10:10 p.m., leaving about 14 minutes later, according to the arrest warrant.
Mr. Farmer told investigators he “concluded that” the victim “never showed up” to make a drug sale.
But he later admitted that he “arranged” with Mr. Ellis and Ms. Robinson “to rob” the victim of “drugs and money” at his home near Warrenton, according an arrest warrant.
“He described having driven with the co-conspirators to the Williams’s residence and Ellis and Robinson were left to commit the robbery, and ultimate murder,” the warrant reads.
Ms. Robison appears to have implicated Mr. Ellis as the killer.
When the three arrived at the Williams’ home, “She stated Ellis was let out of the car and returned,” according to the warrant.
In an email Wednesday, Sgt. James Hartman said investigators believe Mr. Williams got “ambushed” in his driveway.
Mr. Williams used a backpack to transport “illegal drugs,” according to his father.
He told investigators “that a backpack was missing from his vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of the residence” and that “some of the contents of this backpack were found strewn about the driveway.”
The father told investigators his son used an “identical backpack to transport illegal drugs.”
Sgt. Hartman declined to say whether investigators had recovered a murder weapon, the backpack or cocaine it may have contained.
Though he provided no details, the sergeant said citizens responded to the sheriff office’s request for information related to the case.
“Sheriff Mosier would like to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation and thank our law enforcement partners,” Sgt. Hartman said.
The agencies included the Virginia State Police, Prince William County Police, Waynesboro Police, Augusta and Nelson sheriff’s offices, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.
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Tony Bentley · September 8, 2019 at 6:19 am
We donated to the GoFundMe to help pay for this funeral. How can we get a refund? Thought the parents needed help, but they can get help from the connections and clients their son was selling drugs for and to.
Bonnie C. · September 6, 2019 at 7:01 pm
So the father of the victim KNEW long before this incident that his son was habitually dealing illegal drugs, yet did nothing about it? I have no sympathy for these people.
raichad0 · September 5, 2019 at 11:25 pm
Mr. Ellis next will appear in court Oct. 3. Both Mr. Farmer and Ms. Robinson again will appear Nov. 14. Each will be represented by a different defense lawyer. Free basketball legends
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