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JESSICA LLOYD - (Former Colonel) RUSSELL WILLIAMS (SVOKA) CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF JESSICA

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Sep 10 10 10:20 PM

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Jessica Elizabeth Lloyd is described by her brother as a "witty, sociable girl
who liked being the center of attention. Her friends say she was a stunning
young woman who was quick-witted, with a big heart and a great sense of
humour.

A vivacious young woman, her family and friends could only see good things
for Jessica in her future. Sadly, that future was cut short, stolen from her.


                                   MEMORIES OF JESSICA

Terra Dafoe (Friend since 3rd grade)
"The pictures obviously show the good-hearted person she was, but Jess was
also hilarious - she would have you in stitches within just two or three minutes
of sitting with her.  There's a really beautiful person that has been lost in all of this."


                                    THE LAST MESSAGE

2010 - January 28 - 10:36 P.M. - Jessica Elizabeth Lloyd (27) sends a text message
                               to a family friend. It is the last communication anyone receives
                               from Jessica. It's a cold night.

                                     JESSICA LLOYD DISAPPEARS

Jessica Lloyd does not report for work at her job as an administrator at the
Tri-Board Student Transportation Services in nearby Napanee. Jessica
coordinated school bus schedules for the area.

Two hours after shift start, the office contacts her family. Andy, her brother,
lives in Belleville. Both he and  and their mother, Roxanne McGarvey,
(their father died in 1996) immediately became concerned.

Andy LLoyd "We immediately knew something terrible had happened.
It drew a red flag so quick. That's not like her."

Jessica's brother and mother rushed to her house to see what was wrong.
Inside they find her purse, wallet, identification and glasses. Jessica's car
is in the driveway. There is no sign of Jessica.

 One person who helped in the search for Jessica tells the media "There were
 footprints outside her bedroom window."
 
                                    A MASSIVE SEARCH FOR JESSICA BEGINS

Authorities launch a massive search for Jessica. 

Extensive ground and aerial searches are conducted over the weekend. Members of
the tactical team, ATV unit and auxiliary police unit scoured the area around Jessica's
house Officers from the neighbouring Stirling-Rawdon police department, and the CFB
Trenton military base assist. The base also sends a helicopter. Police and 150 volunteers
canvass residences and search for Jessica.

Jessica's family and friends put up posters.
Facebook pages are created to spread the word about Jessica's disappearance.

Andy Lloyd (Brother of Jessica)
"We're just taking it day by day. I just hope she comes back healthy and safe."


                                   ROADBLOCK YIELDS RESULTS
 
2010 - February 4 - Thursday - it is one week since Jessica Lloyd went missing,

7:00 P.M. -- 6:00 A.M. Friday morning -
 
Ontario Provincial Police place a roadblock on Hwy. 37, (which connects Belleville with
Tweed) not far from Jessica Lloyd's bungalow. Officers stop every vehicle travelling in
either direction. Questions are asked of persons in the vehicles. They officers are
also checking out the tire treads on the vehicles, hoping to find a match to "unusual
tire treads" found outside of Jessica Lloyd's house.

Col. Russell Williams (Svoka) has driven his Pathfinder instead of his BMW which
he usually drove. He is stopped at the roadblock and questioned. An officer
notices that the tire treads on his vehicle resemble the ones left at Jessica
Lloyd's home.

11 days after Jessica's disappearance, tire tracks that were left outside her home
match the tires on Williams' vehicle.

Police have caught not only Jessica's abductor, but her murderer.

                                   POLICE INTERVIEW
 
2010 - February 7 - Sunday -
 
A Behavioural Sciences Expert from the Provincial Police, Investigators and
Col. Russell Williams (Svoka) have an interview.

                                   BASE COMMANDER'S ARREST
 
Col. Russell Williams (Svoka)  is arrested later that day.

2010 - February 8 -  Monday- Williams has directed police to Jessica Lloyd's
                              body, located off a winding, dark and secluded stretch
                              of road, about 13 minutes away from William's home
                              on Cosy Cove Lane.

                              Jessica Lloyd was asphyxiated - her death is ruled a
                              homicide. Prior to Jessica's murder, Corporal Marie-France
                              Comeau was found in her home, asphyxiated. Both women
                              had been bound and sexually assaulted.


Police Investigators search William's home and find "a "treasure trove" of perverted
pictures, including possibly, some showing the last terrified moments of murdered
Corporal Marie-France Comeau's life. They find "trophies" of women's lingerie.


                                   CRIMINAL CHARGES
 
CFB 8 Wing Trenton base commander Russell Williams is charged with the
first-degree murders in the asphyxiation deaths of both Jessica Lloyd and
Cpl. Marie-France Comeau. He's charged with two counts of forcible
confinement, two break and enter charges and two counts of sexual assault 
prior to their deaths.

Williams is also charged with forcible confinement, breaking and entering
and sexual assault of two women attacked in break-ins at their homes.
During the attacks he is said to have forced the women to strip and pose
for photographs blindfold and naked. The women were attacked during
break-ins around the town of Tweed, Ontario, in September.

Williams is later charged with 82 separate burglary charges from repeated
break-ins at 47 homes, dating from September 2007 through July 2009. 
One property was broken into 9 times.
 
 
                                   TIP OF THE ICEBERG
 
In solving Jessica Lloyd & Cpl. Comeau's deaths, investigators are beginning to
work around the clock checking unsolved cold case files of assaulted or murdered
females in areas where Williams has been posted during the 23 years he served in
the Canadian Air Force.

2010 - February -  Police believe that Russell Williams' connection with
                            Paul Bernardo is coincidental. (They attended the same
                            university and both graduated with a degree in economics).
                            However, authorities are examining Scarborough cold cases.         
                            Police have said they are re-examining the cases that overlap
                            with when Williams attended UTSC. (University of Toronto
                            Scarborough Campus)

                                  COURT HEARINGS

2010 - February 18 - Williams appears in court over video-link up.

2010 - March 25 -   Russell Williams is remanded on murder and sexual
                      assault charges after a brief appearancein a Belleville, Ontario
                      court via video link to the Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee.

2010 - August 26 - PRETRIAL - Russell Williams waived his right to a preliminary
                            hearing.
 
Andy Lloyd (Brother of Jessica Lloyd)
"Anything that is going to shorten the trial we're happy with. Anything
that is going to bring a quicker resolution like we want, we're happy with."

 
                                       TRIAL DATE

2010 - October 7- Trial to begin - Ontario Superior Court.
 
  Andy Lloyd (Brother of Jessica LLoyd) 
"After months of brief video appearances that are just adjourned, I'm glad there
 is some movement in the case. It feels kind of good, actually, to know the process
is actually starting now, I have a good feeling that something good is going to come
out of it.
 
I have faith in the police and the Crown.
 
"It does bring back emotions, but it's something like I say the emotions never
really go away, so it's kinda hard to bring them back up when they are constantly
there.


My heartbroken family is still struggling to come to terms with why she was killed,
The big question is, you know, what happened? I think that's on everybody's mind
right now. There's obviously a lot of things that will come out, but why is the main
question.
 
People are putting two and two together and they're making 10.
Anything's possible, but I highly, highly doubt that she knew him.
We have no indication that she had even laid eyes on him before."

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2010 - October 5 -  COURT HEARING - Superior Court Justice Robert Scott
                                                           presiding.
 
During the hearing today, Jessica and Andy's mother Roxanne Lloyd
held a framed photograph of Jessica throughout the hearing.
 
Andy LLoyd
"The picture was intended to take the focus off the disgraced military
man and remind people of his victims."


                                  GUILTY PLEA TO ALL CHARGES

Michael Edelson (Attorney for the former Col. Russell Williams)
"After reviewing thousands of pages of material, "the defence is now in
a position to advise the court how he will plead.  He will "enter into a
guilty plea on all counts."

Charges of First-degree Murder in the deaths of Jessica Lloyd, 27,
and Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 38.
2 Home invasions -Charges of sexual assault and forcible confinement
82 Break and enter charges for residential break-ins.

                                    SENTENCING HEARING SCHEDULED

The judge set a sentencing hearing to be held  next week, October 18th.
 

The sentencing that begins Oct. 18 is expected to last four days.
First-degree murder is an an automatic sentence of life in prison with
no chance of parole for 25 years.

"Williams is also expected to have to repay the $12,000 a month he
has received as salary from the Canadian Forces."


                                     REACTION TO GUILTY PLEA
 
Andy LLoyd (Brother of Jessica)
"She could walk into a room at a party and everybody would
notice her. She was a very happy, outgoing, friendly person.
Everybody loved her.”
 
"It’s a relief to know an end is now in sight. “It will be good to
 get it over with and get back to normal. It is just the two of us
now, (his mother and himself) each holiday, each birthday is
another aching reminder of what was stolen from us.
Every special occasion isn’t the same."

 "I have just one question for him, why my sister?
Why did he chose Jessica? "Why, why her?
How did all this come about? There are so
many questions everybody wants to ask him,"
 
I don't want an apology from Williams, just the truth.
The upcoming guilty plea does provide some closure
for the family and the community."

"I didn't really see Williams until he was already halfway to the
prisoner's box. You see him and a shock factor comes through...
it was kind of a surreal feeling, seeing him walk across the courtroom.
I was kind of glad to see he was staring at his feet when he was walking."
 

"I  was aware in advance (of Thursday's hearing) that Williams would enter
a guilty plea. I am relieved that my family won't have to suffer through a trial.

 
"If there is that much evidence, then why should it take two years to get
something over with? It's important because nobody wants to be off work.
You can't live your normal life doing court dates everyday."
 
"I and several family members and friends are working on victim-impact
statements to be read during the sentencing hearing.

I will tell the judge that it was difficult to watch my sister's birthday pass
by in May and Thanksgiving and Christmas will be hard on the family.
 

I want the judge to know I've been off work since my sister died and have
dealt with anxiety-related sleep troubles.
 

"How much he actually hurt people, indirectly . . . How much one action
 affected the whole community. I'd like to see him get life in jail with no parole."

"They say time heals wounds; well, it's time to start this healing once this is
all done and I don't have 13 cameras looking at me."


George White  (neighbor and had considered Williams a
good friend)
"I'd really like to know, but I won't live long enough to know why,
because it will never come out in my lifetime. My understanding
is there's going to be no explanation — [he'll plead] guilty, that's it."
 
Retired, Lt.-Gen. Angus Watt (former Commander
of Canada's Air Force) and Col. Russell William's former
 superior officer.
"[He was] a very promising officer at the time, we all thought.
I'm glad to see the case coming to a close.
"I'm satisfied in some ways that justice has been done, and he
will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. I'm also a little
mystified, to be honest, that we will never understand what
drove him to do this."
 
In spite of having known Williams well, and having many questions
I'd like to ask him, I have no intention of ever visiting him in prison.
I doubt that Williams would ever want to see me or anyone else
associated with the military."


Ontario Provincial Police Det.-Insp. Chris Nicholas
"Though the disgraced former commander of CFB Trenton will enter
a guilty plea to all counts against him, investigators are continuing
to comb through other crimes to see if further charges will be filed.
Lots of people have been in contact with us. Certainly, the books
are not closed on Russ Williams. We're certainly looking into any
inquiries that come from around the world ...
 
"There are "none at this time (specific charges he can discuss)
but we're working with other police agencies on their unsolved
cases. In my experience this is the most wide-spread call for
help from other police services that I've been involved with."
Thursday's revelation that Williams will be pleading guilty is
positive news after a lengthy investigation which was first
launched in February.
 
"We're happy for the families. Nobody wanted to see this go to
 trial. We're just waiting for things to unfold."
 
"The case against Williams has been "complicated" but praised
 the work of "a lot of great investigators" who worked on the case,
spanning hundreds of kilometres with crimes in Brighton, Tweed,
Ottawa and other areas .It was the disappearance of Jessica Lloyd
when things started to "come together. The investigation progressed
quickly after her disappearance in early February."

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TORONTO STAR with photos of Williams' perversion

The Crown confirmed in court Monday that both murder victims, Marie-France Comeau, 38,
 and Jessica Lloyd, 27, were videotaped by Williams.

In Comeau’s case, her actual murder is on tape.

NYTIMES

Prosecutors reviewed how Colonel Williams began each break-in by photographing
the victim’s room and underwear drawer. In most of the early break-ins, the photographs
show the rooms of girls, including 11-year-old twins, that are decorated with stuffed animals
and animal photographs. He then photographed himself — often sexually aroused or
masturbating — modeling their underwear.  Once back home, he photographed his total haul
of the underwear, and then each individual item. Occasionally, he added captions. One of those read, “Merci beaucoup.”


Robert Morrison, one of five prosecutors, told the court that Colonel Williams’s “peculiar
sexuality” first led him to break into a neighbor’s home to masturbate on the daughter’s
bed with her underwear. That break-in, in Tweed, escalated into break-ins of 47 other
homes near Tweed as well as in Ottawa, where he spent weekends with his wife.


He broke into the homes of two women near his air base last September, forced
 them to strip and then blindfolded and photographed them. But he was not
recognized by the victims. Last October, he broke into the home of Cpl. Marie-France
Comeau, an air force flight attendant based at Trenton who had flown with Colonel Williams.
The police said she died after being beaten and havin g her mouth and nose sealed with tape.

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Oct 18 10 4:54 PM

                                       JANE DOE ATTACK

"Williams’ photographic record of the first of those assaults, against a woman known
only as Jane Doe on Sept, 17, 2009, ended Monday’s hearing.

A two-page description of how he attacked Doe was part of his computer folder on
her, one of many Williams confessed he hid online from his wife of 19 years, Mary
Elizabeth Harriman. The decorated career soldier who commanded Canada’s largest
air force base tried to use the receiving blankets of the woman’s newborn baby to tie
her up. He admitted he didn’t know her, but “thought she was cute."

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Williams TO BE BOOTED OUT OF SERVICE

Within hours of the guilty pleas, the military moved to drum Williams from the ranks, beginning a month-long administrative process that will strip him of his rank, medals and eventually lead to explusion from the air force.

TORONTO SUN  a list of evidence and offenses in article

"Lloyd, a fun-loving 27-year-old who worked at a Napanee, Ont., bus company,
disappeared Jan. 28, and after an unsuccessful exhaustive search was located
weeks later on Feb. 8, on a rural road near her hometown of Tweed, one day
after the Feb. 7 arrest of Williams.

It was Williams who directed them there - one of many admissions he offered
during a nine-hour confession."

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The INTELLIGENCER

Andy Lloyd, brother of Jessica Lloyd speaks about the hearing and evidence.


"Andy Lloyd said he'd been told by authorities what to expect at Monday's hearing.
The evidence included at times graphic, lurid descriptions of Williams' crimes.
"It was overwhelming," he said. "I thought it was disgusting."
He said he had seen evidence related to his sister but could not comment on it.

Asked why he wanted to sit through the hearing, Lloyd said it was to send a message.
There are families that are very angry at what he's done."

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2010 - October 21 - SENTENCE
 
 Judge Robert Scott   
"His depravity has no equal. He may be best described as Canada’s bright
shining lie."
 
Judge Scott sentenced Russell Williams:
 "Life sentences for his two murder convictions, 10-year sentences for
each of his two counts of sexual assault and confinement, and one
year each of the more than 80 counts of break-and-enter and theft.
The sentences will be served concurrently.
 
Williams will serve his sentence at Kingston penitentiary.
He will also be registered as a sexual offender and face a lifetime
weapons ban."
 
"Technically, Williams will be eligible for parole in 25 years (when he is 72)
but the gruesome evidence revealed this week will almost certainly ensure
that the National Parole Board keeps him behind bars until the day he dies."

 

 Roxanne Lloyd (mother of Jessica)
"I feel that justice has been served. I'll be happy if Williams dies in jail."


2010 - October 22 - BOOTED OUT OF MILITARY, STRIPPED OF RANK
 
"At 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Chief of Air Staff LGen. Andre Deschamps made a brief
statement on behalf of the Forces and the Governor General, officially revoking all
of Williams’ duties. 


Due to service misconduct, Williams is no longer a part of the Canadian Forces
and loses his rank as a military official. He will also be stripped of all his medals
and have no severance pay.

Williams will also have his pay revoked from the day he was arrested.
The Canadian Forces say they do not have the ability to take way Williams’
pension, but they are doing everything else they can."

Chief of Air Staff LGen. Andre Deschamps
"My announcement is the beginning of a long and difficult healing process
for the Canadian Forces.
 

“I think people recognize that the crimes of one individual do not tarnish the
establishment. It's been a shock to the establishment because of the rank
of the individual and his job and the fact he was well know to many in the
Canadian Forces.”

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Oct 22 10 10:32 PM

THE STAR - DISMANTLING THE FACADE OF A MONSTER
 
Det. Sgt. Jim Smyth, a man with the most ordinary of names and
demeanor, was waiting. What happened over the next 10 hours is
both fascinating and horrifying.

Smyth, a skilled but unimposing criminal investigator, methodically
dismantled the façade of a monster. Caught on videotape, Williams’
confession offers a rare glimpsed into interrogation techniques.

It’s hard to believe this is happening,” Williams says.
His smile is gone.
Finally, after Smyth asks where Lloyd’s body is, Williams looks up.
“You got a map?”

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