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July 12, 2021

Second defendant’s trial opens in murder of teen

Daniel M. “Rudeboy” Farmer II allegedly set up the Aug. 26, 2019, fatal robbery attempt of 18-year-old Lincoln Williams Jr. at his family’s home on Old Auburn Road east of Warrenton.
Lincoln Williams Jr. died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Murder Trial
• Case: Aug. 26 murder of Lincoln Lamar Williams Jr., 18. Mr. Williams got shot in the face outside of his home at 5042 Old Auburn Mill Road, about five miles east of Warrenton. He died later that night in Fauquier Hospital.

• Defendant: Daniel Martin Farmer, 25, of Nokesville.

• Charges: First-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

• Jury trial: July 12-16 in Fauquier County Circuit Court.

• Prosecutors: Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Abigail J. Owens and Amy Cassandra.

• Defense attorney: Robert V. Bryan Jr. of Fairfax.

• Judge: James P. Fisher

• Jury: Seven men and six women (including one alternate).
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The defendant set up a robbery attempt that resulted in the murder of an 18-year-old Warrenton man at his home two years ago, according to prosecutors.

The first-degree murder trial of Daniel Martin Farmer II, 25, of Nokesville, opened Monday in Fauquier County Circuit Court.

Mr. Farmer also faces robbery, firearms and conspiracy charges in the Aug. 26, 2019, fatal shooting of Lincoln Lamar Williams Jr.

Quickly identified as a suspect, Mr. Farmer initially denied involvement, Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Amy Cassandra told the jury in her opening statement.

“Eventually his story changed,” Ms. Cassandra said. The defendant “told a Fauquier detective he set it up” and “recruited” Waynesboro resident Myi’son I. Ellis to rob the Warrenton teenager of cash and cocaine.

A jury last year found Mr. Ellis guilty of the fatal shooting and sentenced him to 51 years in prison.

“None of this would have happened without ‘Rudeboy’,” Mr. Farmer’s nickname, the prosecutor said.

Lincoln L. Williams Sr., the dead man’s father, said he immediately perceived trouble when a shirtless Mr. Farmer arrived at the family home on Old Auburn Road after 9:30 p.m. 12 days before the murder.

“I followed that boy right into my son’s room and sat down, because I didn’t trust him,” Mr. Williams said.

He asked the visitor’s name.

“Rudeboy,” he replied, according to Mr. Williams’ testimony. “He said I ask a lot of questions . . . .

“Yeah, because I know that type of person. I came from that type of person. Who comes into your house all tatted up without a shirt?”

Mr. Williams also said he talked with his son about the teenager’s apparent involvement with drugs.

The night of Aug. 26, Lincoln Williams Jr. took his mother’s GMC SUV to Walmart. Soon after returning, he came into the home asking for help and covered with blood.

Initially, she thought her elder son had suffered a beating, Crystal Williams said.

Twice he flashed two fingers when asked who had done it.

Later, he said, “Rudeboy,” according to testimony.

The teenager lost consciousness and died of a gunshot wound above his eye about an hour later at Fauquier Hospital.

Sheriff’s deputies found $810 in his wallet and cocaine in his bedroom.

In addition to the victim’s parents, the prosecution put law enforcement officers on the witness stand as it began presenting the case Monday afternoon, following jury selection and opening arguments.

“Daniel Farmer is not a perfect individual,” defense attorney Robert V. Bryan Jr. said in his opening statement. “But, who robbed Lincoln Williams Jr.? Who murdered Lincoln Williams Jr.?

“He (the defendant) did not do it.”

Lucretia Robinson of Nokesville last year testified that she drove Mr. Ellis to scene of the murder. Ms. Farmer also testified Mr. Ellis said he “had to pop” the teenager when they struggled during the attempted robbery.

Originally charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, Ms. Robinson last year pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, accessory to a homicide, and received a five-year prison sentence with 38 months suspended.

Invoking his right against self-incrimination, Mr. Farmer refused to testify at Mr. Ellis’ trial last year.

If convicted, Mr. Farmer faces a potential life sentence.

The court has scheduled five days for his trial, through Friday.

Contact Editor “Lou” Emerson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-1845.

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