Rodricus  Fred Williams
November 8, 2006 - July 6, 2010
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In his mug shot, Roger Williams had long air and braids and he was wearing what is commonly known as a 'wife beater" shirt, in court, his hair had been cut very short and he was wearing a nice shirt, dress pants and a tie. It's nothing new for people who commit crimes to clean up before court, to give a different appearance from what they really are. At the age of 29, Roger Williams had killed his own son.

On July 6, 2010, a search was started after Rodricus was reported missing. Roger Williams and his girlfriend, Grace Trotman, knew that he wasn't missing, he was dead. Shaneka Washington told police that her son, Rodricus, had gone to stay with his father for the summer. When she called Roger to say she was going to pick him up, it was arranged for his girlfriend to being Rodricus to his mother in North Charleston, but that plan was changed:

"She said she was at the Battery because she missed the exit on the interstate. There's
no interstate leading to the South Battery so I started feeling funny, saying something
ain't right"
Colette Washington

Shaneka and Colette were worried even more when Grace told them that Rodricus had gone missing while they were at the Battery, claiming that she turned away for only a second and when she looked back, he was gone. Police and Fire Rescue workers as well as many others, searched all night to find Rodricus before Police called off the search saying that it was based on a lie and that Rodricus had never been at the Battery:

"I kept saying she did something else with him. I told my daughter for some reason, I didn't think
she ever brought him here"
Colette Washington

Shaneka and her mother believe that Roger and Grace planned out the actions that took place that day, in order to take suspicions off of them for what they had done to Rodricus. During the search, Roger was arrested on charges that did not relate to his son being missing.

Roger and Grace were arrested when it was admitted, by Grace, that Roger had killed Rodricus and then put his little body into a trash can and filling it with concrete. Grace agreed to testify against Roger after pleading guilty and told Police that Roger abused Rodricus any time he felt like it and that they had hid his body and made up the story about him missing because they knew his mother was coming to take him home.

In October of 2012, Roger Williams was in court and still claiming to be innocent he said:

"I want everyone to know my intentions was never meant to be cruel nor meant to be evil.
You honor, I want to apologize to Nikki, her family and their friends"

Assistant Solicitor, Debbie Herring-Lash, noted that he made the big apologies, but he never mentioned Rodricus's
name, not one time:

"I've never seen a victim treated this way before and just the lack of emotion a parent could show
a victim like this is overwhelming.

Family and friends who had helped raise Rodricus were relieved that the time had come for Roger to pay for what he did:

"I accept his apology, but we can't turn back the hand of time. He did not deserve the beatings
and the mistreatments he got from that household. He'll never be able to see the outside of any
place ever again. We're greatly appreciative of that""
Connie Huger

Roger Williams was sentenced to life without the chance of parole, ever.

In December of 2011, Grace Trotman had plead guilty to one count of homicide by child abuse and one count of desecration of human remains and in court she said:

"I sincerely and deeply apologize to everything that's happened and I pray you find it in your heart
to forgive me. I'm so sorry that I didn't do the things I should've done because I was terrified"

In court, a Psychology expert said that Grace had been abused at the hands of Roger and that she was very emotional and depressed, suffering from PTSD. Lawyers for Grace told the courtroom that Grace had been constantly abused by Roger for more than four years. While it's easy to feel sorry for Grace, she is an adult who had options to get herself away from this monster, Rodricus had no choices and no one to protect him.

Grace Trotman was sentenced to 15 years in prison with credit for the time she had already served, for her part in the death of Rodricus and ten years for the desecration of his remains, the sentenced would run concurrently.

Sheneka spoke in court saying:

"I would've always protected your child"

Shaneka Washington had to be consoled in court, she could not continue speaking and Connie Huger had to finish speaking on behalf of the family of Rodricus.

Later she said:

"After a while I started feeling bad for Grace because I didn't know what she was going through
herself. I would have been comfortable if she had gotten ten, she got 15 and that's not bad either"

Sheneka has reminders of Rodricus in the form of Hot Wheels Cars and other toys and she says she is glad that Roger will spend the rest of his life in prison and that her daughter doesn't understand what happened to her brother:

"He was always a happy, smiling person and just always singing. Even if he didn't know you
his favorite words were, "I love you". Some days I cry. Sometimes I find myself talking to
myself, asking questions, not really getting an answer.

Just to actually hear that he didn't get away with it, it was just a big relief. I wanted to ask
the dad "WHY? Why do something like that to your son". That first day when I was there,
my stomach just hurt so bad"

"Sometimes we go to the grocery store and she still grabs the items for him and I'll be like:
"Who's that for" and she said "It's for Rodricus when he comes back home" and I'm like
what should I tell her. If I see an older guy, I'm like, maybe he would have looked like that,
I just see people and all I have is imagination and that's scary too"

Funeral services remembering the life of Master Rodricus Fred Williams, 2, will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at 12:00 Noon in Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, 44 Nassau Street, Charleston, SC 29403. He will be laid to rest in Monrovia Cemetery, Charleston, SC. Family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
Master Williams survived by his mother, Sheneka Washington; sister, Ty'Liyah Washington; grandmother, Colette Washington; grandfather, Reginald Harley; great-grandmothers, Josephine Washington and Anna Ruth Harley; great-grandfather, Frank Washington; uncles, Reginald Washington and Rhy'mel Washington; aunts, Venshada Washington and Shemarell Washington; great-grand aunt, Lakeisha Washington.
He was preceded in death by a great-grandfather, Brodie Harley.

A monetary contribution may be made to the New Bethel Sounds of Praise Pentecostal Church/Rodricus Fred Williams Memorial Fund at any area Wachovia Bank.

Professional services by: THE PALMETTO MORTUARY, INC., 1122 Morrison Dr., Charleston, SC 29403; 843.727.1230 or 1.866.727.1231.

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