NORRIDGEWOCK (WGME) — The man accused of killing Somerset County sheriff’s deputy Corporal Eugene Cole last week is being held without bail.
According to court documents, murder suspect John Williams confessed to a friend that he had shot Corporal Cole.
Ricky Austin said he went to high school with Williams and has run into him around town since then.
“He was quiet and he was a good friend, ya know. He never ever seemed like the type that would do something like this,” Austin said.
Williams, 29, is charged with killing Corporal Cole, a 13-year veteran of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.
According to court documents, the series of events that led to the alleged slaying began at 1:15 a.m. on April 25, when Williams met two friends at Indian Ridge Apartments in Skowhegan.
Police said Chris Shulenski and Brittany Roseberry saw Williams put bags and a bulletproof vest into their car. A third witness says Shulenski put a shotgun in the trunk, too. The couple told police they gave Williams a ride to his old home in Norridgewock.
Shulenski said that while he was unloading his stuff, a marked cruiser drove by slowly and the driver tapped the breaks. That’s when he said the couple left Williams at the house.
At 1:30 a.m., the affidavit said, Williams called a friend named Chris Williams and said he had killed Corporal Cole and stolen his police cruiser after either Cole snuck up on him or he snuck up on Cole. John asked Chris to pick him up on Martin Stream Road.
But before going there, the suspect stopped at Cumberland Farms and stole a pack of cigarettes, according to police. The incident was captured on the dash cam of Cole’s cruiser,
According to the affidavit, Williams then left the cruiser at 508 Martin Stream Road, where Ricky Austin lives.
Austin and his wife, Barbara, left a little before 2 a.m. They said a friend had called and warned them that John Williams was going down the stream, robbing people he knew.
“Why the truck was here nobody really knows besides the guy who put it here,” Austin said.
The affidavit said that is Chris Williams picked John Williams up.
Chris Williams told police that when John got into his car with a crack pipe and started to smoke, he gave John his phone and told him to get out.
Chris Williams told WGME’s partner, the Bangor Daily News, that John Williams then got out of the car and said, “I’m dead. My life’s over.'”