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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:43 pm | Updated: 1:38 pm, Thu Dec 20, 2012.

BEAUFORT — Phyllis Henderson Williams, 63, of Newport, received a court-appointed attorney Thursday during her first appearance in district court.

She is the mother of the accused murderer in the Goldie Hall case and is accused of aiding her daughter in the crime that resulted in the elderly woman's death in September.

District Court Judge Walter Mills, who conducted the hearing, kept Ms. William's bond the same at $300,000. She is being held in the county jail.

Her next appearance in court is Jan. 4.

(original report)

 

BEAUFORT — Deputies with the County Sheriff’s Department today arrested the mother of an accused murderer, charging her with knowing about the crime and not reporting it to authorities, as well as other felonies.

Phyllis Henderson Williams, 63, of 1648 Highway 24 in Newport, is the mother of Rhonda Hagan, who remains in custody charged with the murder of her great-aunt, Goldie Hall.

The body of Ms. Hall, 90, was found Sept. 27. She had been missing since Sept. 20, the same day a fire broke out in her kitchen but she could not be found.

Mrs. Hagan allegedly killed Ms. Hall Sept. 20. The autopsy, conducted Oct. 1, revealed Ms. Hall died from multiple blunt force blows to the head.

Mrs. Williams has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder, obstruction of justice and failing to report a death, all felony crimes.   Mrs. Williams was placed in the county jail under a $300,000 bond. 

District Attorney Scott Thomas today authorized criminal charges against Mrs. Williams for her role in the case.

"Mrs. Williams has been charged today based upon her conduct after the death of Mrs. Hall,” Mr. Thomas said in a press release. “This case remains an active investigation and additional charges against Mrs. Hagan and Mrs. Williams are possible.”

Mrs. Williams will appear in Carteret County District Court on Thursday for her felony first appearance.

“Again, I would like to commend Sheriff Buck and his team for their work investigating this tragic death,” Mr. Thomas said.

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