Who is Arthur Levan Williamson? Suspect in Radio Anchor Jim Matthews Murder Case, Sentenced

Arthur Levan Williamson, 55, who has a long criminal history has been recently charged on Monday. He was charged as a result of his attack on WWJ-AM anchor Jim Matthews. Apart from that, he also attacked his two children and their mother on Friday.


The charges levied on Arthur Levan Williamson

The suspect is accused of killing a Detroit radio host and attacking his family then attempting suicide shortly after. The statements were given by Chesterfield Public Safety Director Brian Bassett at a press conference.

This Pontiac man who is currently 55 years old, has been offered more than two charges. The charges are, one count of first-degree murder, felony murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder and three counts of unlawful imprisonment.

The full report of the crime of Arthur Levan Williamson

According to the reports given by the police, Jim Matthews was repeatedly attacked with a hammer until he died. His 10-year-old boy was supposedly beaten, bound, and locked in a closet. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Nichole Guertin, 35, and his daughter who was 5 years old managed to escape successfully.


Ashley Quigley, who recognized herself as Guertin’s sister, told that Nichole and the 5-year-old daughter were relatively doing well. The 10-year-old boy, however, needed brain surgery and ear surgery” and that a “long road to recovery” was ahead. The boy is currently in deep shock and trauma.

Also, Arthur Levan Williamson’ brother Joe Nicolai told the officials that Nichole was laying out in the parking lot and was duct-taped and bleeding so his wife went out to hold her hand. “It’s not even something you’d see in a horror movie”, he further said.

Williamson, meanwhile, was in the basement after attempting suicide by drug overdose. The officials however, managed to treat him at the scene and safely hospitalize him.

Arthur Levan Williamson
Arthur Levan Williamson (Credit: WJBK-TV screengrab)

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The motive of the murder

Bassett said in his press conference that investigators are still trying to figure out the relationship between Williamson and the victims. No sign of entering the house by force was seen.

Pete Lucido, Macomb County Prosecutor, informed at the press conference,“We know that it was not a breaking and entering,”. He further said, “It was a relationship that didn’t show that he was an unwanted guest at the place.”

The real motive behind the attack is still unknown and the police is trying to find out.

Previous crimes committed by Arthur Levan Williamson

Arthur Levan Williamson was sentenced to various drug offenses on May 19, 1993. He was convicted of assault with the intent to commit murder, kidnapping, and several other offenses on April 14, 2002.

Arthur Levan Williamson was also sentenced for breaking and entering the prison. He was also sentenced for assaulting a police officer. This was in a connection with a March 3, 2013 offense in Clinton County, Michigan, as per the state prison records.


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