UPDATE: Case goes to grand jury for mother accused of stabbing her children to death

Lexington Police have charged Nikki James, 43, with two counts of murder for Deon Williams, 13, and Skyler Williams, 5. No bond has been set

UPDATE (5/12/22) – Nikki James’ case goes to a Fayette County Grand Jury after a judge found probable cause early Thursday morning during a preliminary hearing.

During the hearing, Lexington Police detective Joshua Crowe revealed the original 911 call was from neighbors, reporting that James was banging on doors telling people to “kill themselves and their kids.” When officers arrived on the scene, James was covered in blood and had no pants on.

The detective said that James’ two children, Skyler and Deon Williams, were found in apartment B8 at Parkway Manor Apartmets with no pulse.

Det. Crowe also said a neighbor that knew James also said she had told him she killed her children.

According to the detective, James was transferred to the hospital from the scene and was intubated and treated for deep gash wounds. She was placed on psychiatric hold.

“Miss James made statements to the officer that she was trying to go home and in addition to the lacerations on her body she had a laceration on her hand,” said Det. Crowe.

There is no bond set for James. She is still being held in the Fayette County Detention Center.

UPDATE (5/10/22) – A “not guilty” plea was entered for Nikki James during her arraignment Tuesday afternoon, which she joined via video conference. A representative from the Public Defender’s Office asked Judge Thomas Bruce Bell to appoint an attorney for James.

No bond has been set. James is due back in court Thursday, May 12th.

Lexington Police say James has been in the hospital for the last week while being in police custody, until she was booked into the Fayette County Detention Center around 1:30 Monday afternoon, just a few hours before a balloon release was held in honor of her children, 13-year-old Deon Williams and 5-year-old Skyler Williams.

Police say on May 2nd, they responded to Parkway Manor Apartments on Rogers Road for a call about an injured person, but when they got there, they found three people. All three were taken to the hospital.

The Fayette County Coroner says Deon and Skyler died minutes apart in the E.R. from multiple stab wounds and cuts. The children were students in the Fayette County Public Schools system, Deon – a seventh grader at Winburn Middle and Skyler a pre-schooler at Mary Todd Elementary. The district says the two brought joy and light to their classrooms and were loved by many.

That love was evident Monday night, when hundreds of friends and family gathered at Parkway Manor Apartments for a balloon release in honor of Deon and Skyler.

We have reached out to the Fayette County Detention Center in hopes of sitting down with James. We’ll keep you updated.

UPDATE (5/9/22) – A mother charged with two counts of murder in her children’s death has been booked in the Fayette County Detention Center.

According to the jail, Nikki James was booked on Monday just before 1:30 p.m. Lexington police say James has been at a hospital for the past week until she was transferred to the jail on Monday.

The booking comes just hours ahead of a balloon release scheduled for the two children, Deon and Skyler Williams. According to Faith Pointe Church of Lexington, a balloon release will take place Monday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. in front of the memorial at Parkway Manor Apartments on Rogers Road.

UPDATE (5/3/22 5:20 P.M.) – A tragic update, two children killed and their mom being charged with their murder. Lexington Police say Nikki James, 43, is charged with two counts of murder. Police say she is being held in custody while further charges are pending. According to police, the murders happened in Lexington Monday night at an apartment complex off Rogers Road.

The Fayette County Coroner says Deon Williams was 13, his younger sister Skyler was 5. The coroner’s report says the two died minutes apart in the E.R. from multiple stab wounds and cuts.

“They’re just babies,” says Desiree Bayes, a neighbor. “So, it is hard.”

Neighbors at Parkway Manor Apartments on Rogers Road say Deon and Skyler were well-known in the neighborhood and often played outside with the other neighborhood kids.

“We’re all about keeping our kids safe out here so whether somebody else’s kid is outside playing, we would always keep an eye on them. So, it’s kind of hard to like even imagine something like this could happen, especially to two little babies,” says Bayes.

Some of Deon’s friends in the neighborhood say while he came across a little skittish, he was the nicest person, never calling anyone names.

A family friend says her kids played with Deon and Skyler every day and she loved the two of them like they were her own. She says neither of the kids had a bad bone in their body and were nothing but good kids.

Bayes laid out flowers in front of the building as a makeshift memorial, in a way to honor Deon and Skyler.

“If I had kids and anything happened like that, I would love somebody else to remember that and to just show the respect and the love for them,” says Bayes.

Neighbors say they watched as the two children were brought out on stretchers Monday night and it was a gory, gruesome sight.

“When I seen that, my heart and soul just kind of ripped out my chest because there’s all kinds of babies out here and kids that just sit and and play and laugh so to see them laugh just like 20-30 minutes before all of it happened, it really is difficult,” says Bayes.

There is shock and sadness in the Fayette County Public School district. Deon went to Winburn Middle and Skyler was in pre-school at Mary Todd Elementary. FCPS Superintendent Demetrus Liggins says this is an unimaginable loss that’s left the district heartbroken.

He said in his statement, “Skyler and Deon brought joy and light to their teachers and classmates.”

Liggins says Skyler was always one of the first at school, greeting her teachers with hugs. He says Deon, who was in seventh grade, was part of Winburn’s comic workshops where he created stories where good always triumphed over evil.

The district says grief counselors will be available at both schools as long as students and staff need them.

UPDATE (5/3/22 5:20 P.M.) – Lexington Police say Nikki James, 43, has been charged with two counts of murder for Deon Williams, 13, and Skyler Williams, 5.

Police say James was their biological mother.

According to Lexington Police, James is currently in custody and additional charges are pending.

UPDATE (5/3/22 3:15 P.M.) – “We are heartbroken over the tragic deaths of Skyler and Deon Williams,” says Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Demetrus Liggins. “Skyler and Deon brought joy and light to their teachers and classmates and we ask our community to uplift all those touched by this unimaginable loss.”

FCPS says teams of grief counselors from across the district were at Mary Todd Elementary and Winburn Middle schools Tuesday to support students and staff. The district says additional counselors will be available throughout the week to help everyone process the news.

“I cannot say enough good things about how our team stepped up today to wrap our students and staff in love and care,” says Liggins. “Skyler and Deon were beloved members of the Mary Todd and Winburn families and our entire FCPS community is grieving.”

FCPS says classmates and teachers at Mary Todd Elementary remember Skyler as a bright and independent little girl who was excited about going to kindergarten next year. She loved to draw and play with her friends and delighted in sharing stories about her day. Skyler was eager to learn and was always one of the first students to arrive at school and greet her teachers with hugs.

At Winburn Middle, friends and teachers said Deon embodied the warrior power and spirit of the school. A kind young man who was a friend to all and a helper to his teachers, Deon always tried his best and his positive attitude was contagious. He enjoyed writing and drawing and was involved in many school activities, including Saturday comic workshops, where he came out of his shell and created characters and stories where good always triumphed over evil.

UPDATE (5/3/22 1:45 P.M.) – Two children killed Monday have been identified. According to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office, 13-year-old Deon Williams and 5-year-old Skyler Williams died from multiple stab and incised wounds.

According to the coroner’s office, the two died at UK Medical Center.

Lexington police say a double homicide investigation is underway.

UPDATE (5/3/22) – Lexington police continue to investigate a double homicide that happened Monday evening.

According to police, officers responded to the 400 block of Rogers Road just before 7:30 p.m. Monday in response to an injured person. Once on scene, police say officers found three people injured. All three people were taken to the hospital.

Police say the two victims, ages 13 and 5, died from their injuries. According to police, one person has been charged with two counts of murder. Additional charges are pending and will be released at a later time, according to police.

The victims’ names will be released by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

The investigation is still ongoing.

UPDATE (5/2/22 9:30 P.M.) – Lexington police are investigating an incident that happened Monday evening that sent three people to the hospital.

According to police, officers responded to the 400 block of Rogers Road just before 7:30 p.m. in response to an injured person. A heavy police presence could be seen at Parkway Manor apartments off Rogers Road.

Once on scene, officers found three people injured. According to police, all three people were taken to the hospital. No word on the extent of their injuries or condition.

At this time, police say they are not looking for any other suspects. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Lexington Police at 859-258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling 859-253-2020, online at www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at www.p3tips.com.

This is a developing story. Check back with ABC36 for updates.

ORIGINAL POST 5/2/22 7:30 P.M.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – There is a heavy police presence at an apartment complex in Lexington. Several police units and officers have gathered at Parkway Manor apartments off Rogers Road.

ABC36 has a crew at the scene working to get more information.

ABC36 has reached out to Lexington police for additional details. This is a developing story. Check back with ABC36 for updates.

 

 

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