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Details Emerge about Man Charged in Mysterious Death

Neighbors said he hosted parties at his home often.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Neighbors say the man who lived in a midtown home moved in early this summer. They say a lot of people were always coming and going from the home and often there were parties at night.

One neighbor who didn't want to go on camera said he had a gut feeling the man was trouble.

However, that neighbor was still surprised to hear 51-year old Martin Williams is now in jail, charged with involuntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse.

Police say Williams was at his home on North 17th St. on the night of Sept. 5 with Tangela Fisher.

Williams is accused of loading a syringe with drugs then injecting Fisher. Williams allegedly told a detective Fisher became unresponsive afterward.

Then police say Williams placed Fisher's body in a wooden box and took it to Platte County.

"It was a remote area,"" said Platte County Sheriffs Deputy Jerin Almand. "It doesn't get a lot of traffic there. The manner in which the body was placed in the box certainly made it a little more unusual."

Platte County deputies tracked Fisher back to St. Joseph and Williams' home where they turned the case over to the St. Joseph Police Department.

Police detectives spent two hours at the home Tuesday night collecting trashbags full of evidence.

Charges were filed Thursday.

Williams is a convicted felon on parole from Kansas and wanted in California. He's in jail on a $50,000 bond.

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