Man, 38, is charged over triple murder after five-day manhunt as third victim's family pay tribute

Man, 38, is charged over triple murder after five-day manhunt as third victim's family pay tribute

October 31, 2020

A MAN has been charged over a triple murder after a five-day manhunt in the West Midlands, while the third victim's family pay tributes.

Anthony Russell, 38, was arrested yesterday and has now been charged following murders of Julie Williams and her son David in Coventry, and Nichola McGregor in Leamington Spa.

Russell was found in a stolen car on a country lane after being hunted down by cops as the lead suspect in the murder cases.

West Midlands Police said: "We’ve charged a man with the murders of Julie Williams and her son David in Coventry and Nicole McGregor in Leamington. 

"The bodies of Julie and David were discovered in separate flats in Coventry earlier this week and on Thursday 29 October the body of 31-year-old Nicole was discovered in woodland in Newbold Comyn.

"Anthony Russell, 38, of Riley Square, Coventry, is also accused of a car-jacking and a section 18 wounding that took place in Leamington on Wednesday afternoon."

Russell is set to appear via video link at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court tomorrow after being charged for the triple murder.

The family of Nichola, who was known by friends as Nicole, 31, have released this statement: “We wish to thank people for their well wishes, Nicole will be greatly missed.


"We request to be left alone to grieve at this difficult time.” 

The mum-of-three was remembered as a "beautiful" young woman.

Her twin Adam wrote on Facebook: "Words can't even express how I'm feeling at the minute.

"For the first time in my life I'm afraid of being alone more then ever.

"Fly high high darling twin. RIP twinnie look and watch over us all. Until we meet again."

A postmortem carried out on the three victims proved inconclusive – and cops say that further tests are needed to understand the exact cause of their deaths.

Detective Inspector Jim Mahon who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of Julie, David and Nicole as they come to terms with the tragic circumstances of their deaths. 

“We want to thank everyone for their assistance with our appeals for information this week, we really appreciate it. 

“Our investigation continues and I would urge anyone with information who have not yet spoken to us, to get in touch." 

West Midlands Police said Russell had been found in a stolen red Ford C-Max car in a country lane about 4am yesterday.

Cops launched the urgent manhunt after the body of David Williams was discovered on Monday – the day after his mother, Julie, was found dead at her flat in Riley Square, Coventry.

David had been missing for six days before his body was found.

When cops then found the body of Nicole McGregor around 11 miles away in woodland in Newbold Comyn near Leamington – they linked the grim discovery to Russell.

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