Fatal fire

Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams talks to one of his firefighters at the scene of a house fire on West Bunche Street where the bodies of two fatal gunshot victims were found.

The Houston County coroner has released the identity of the second fatal gunshot victim found after a Dothan house fire in November as the second son of a former Dothan city commissioner.

Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd identified the second person who died in a house on West Bunche Street on Nov. 13, 2014, as 37-year-old Dexter Williams.

Byrd told the Dothan Eagle earlier that officials had obtained positive identification through dental records of one of the men who died in the fire, 47-year-old George Williams III.

George Williams III, who lived in Hanover, Maryland, was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who worked at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., up until his death.

Byrd said DNA from tissue samples from George Williams III have helped authorities positively identify the second body as his brother.

George Williams III was the son of former Dothan City Commissioner George Williams Jr., who died in 2011 at the age of 73.

Byrd previously told the Dothan Eagle the preliminary autopsy results show both men suffered gunshot wounds. He also said at least one of the men died before the fire started.

“It looks like a homicide-suicide,” Byrd said. “It’s appears George was the homicide and Dexter was the suicide.”

Dothan Police Maj. Steve Parrish said investigators with the Dothan police and fire departments have a joint inquiry ongoing into the circumstances around the fatal house fire.

Parrish said investigators discovered evidence outside the home that led them to believe a crime had been committed. He declined to identify the evidence.

Dothan Fire Battalion Chief Chris Etheredge said the 911 call was made around 8:39 p.m. The fire took several hours to contain.

Once it was contained, two bodies were discovered in the same room of the house.

Parrish declined to comment on any developments made by police investigators into the suspicious house fire.

Get Breaking News Alerts

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Follow Matt on Twitter @ElofsonMatt.

Recommended for you

Load comments