Mother sought protection order against West Richland suspect in Kennewick killing

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldFebruary 19, 2012 

A decade before a West Richland man allegedly killed his grandmother because he said God told him to, his mother worried for her own safety.

Peggy Lou Williams requested a protection order in December 2001 in Benton County Superior Court to keep Adam Ryan Williams away from her.

"When he gets so high on drugs, it scares me because I never know how he will react," Peggy Lou Williams wrote in court documents.

Adam Williams, 28, was charged last month with first-degree murder for the Jan. 27 death of his grandmother, Viola Williams. He's accused of brutally attacking the 87-year-old "until God told him that was enough," court documents said.

Viola Williams was found dead in her Kennewick mobile home after her daughter, Adam's aunt, went to check on her.

Adam Williams, who was released from Eastern State Hospital on May 17, 2011, after a five-year commitment, is once again being evaluated by state psychologists.

Defense attorney, Sal Mendoza Jr., requested the evaluation at Williams' first court hearing because of Williams' long history of mental illness.

Williams case is due back in court Wednesday for a status update on the evaluation.

In 2001, Williams' mother said her son had a "severe drug problem" that started when he was young -- he had his first in-patient treatment when he was 12, court documents said.

Adam Williams was 18 at the time his mother asked for the protection order. She was 45.

She said her son repeatedly had been told not to go to her Benton City home when he was using drugs, but he kept breaking into her home to hide out.

On Dec. 3, 2001, Peggy Williams said she found her son in her home and found out he had a warrant for his arrest and had been shooting up methamphetamine.

She said she confronted him and told him to leave, but he refused and threatened to kill himself, documents said.

She said her father came in and they argued more with Adam Williams and he "again said he would kill himself and it would be my fault," she wrote.

Peggy Williams said her son didn't hit her, but he threatened to. She said he also said if he had a gun he would shoot himself in the head, and threatened to overdose on purpose, court documents said.

He eventually left and was arrested at a nearby gas station.

Williams said her son had been in two in-patient treatment programs -- the last was in spring 2001 -- and one out-patient program.

She said he continues to repeat the same pattern where he "starts using and tries to use me and my place for a place to hide out due to it being secluded," documents said.

Williams said her son ran from police in 2000 after kicking in her front door and threatening to kill himself. He jumped in the Columbia River to try to get away, and they had to call Columbia Basin Dive Rescue to get him out, documents said.

She also said he has stolen from her and written authorized checks on her account.

"I am just sick and tired of being held prisoner in my own home if he gets in. He won't let me call out. If I try to, he threatens to hit me," she wrote.

Peggy Williams, who died in 2008, filed her request for protection Dec. 4, 2001.

In the protection order petition, it asks, "Does the respondent use firearms, weapons or objects to threaten to harm you?"

She wrote, "Not yet. Just threatened to hit me and I back down."

Although she was seeking protection from her son, she had not yet given up on him.

She could have requested the protection order last longer than one year, but she said "one year is great."

"I still hope and pray as a mother that he will use and understand what he has learned in treatment. He knows what to do -- he just needs to do it," she wrote.

A judge approved the request and ordered Adam Williams to stay away from his mother for one year.

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