Man charged after teen found strangled in South Shore apartment, details revealed in court

Suspect Joshua Williams had criminal charges filed in Colorado for another strangling, court documents show

ByStephanie Wade and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Disturbing details of teen's strangulation murder revealed in court
Chicago man Joshua Williams has been charged with murder after 15-year-old Amarise Parker was found strangled in a South Shore apartment, police said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Chicago man was charged after a 15-year-old girl was found strangled in a South Shore apartment last week, police said.

Joshua Williams, 24, was charged with first degree murder after being taken into custody Saturday, police said Tuesday.

The body of Amarise Parker was found last week inside an apartment in the 7200-block of South Phillips Avenue.

Horrifying details were revealed in court about what allegedly happened on December 12, prompting the judge to keep Williams in jail until his next court date.

Parker's mother Yahanna Clark said days before her daughter was found dead, she called her to pick her up at her boyfriend's South Shore apartment after she said he refused to let her leave. Her mother did pick her up, but Parker eventually returned to Williams' home on December 11.

According to court documents, neighbors reported hearing arguing that night. The next day, Williams called his cousin and a friend, saying Parker wouldn't wake up. They called 911 and paramedics found Parker dead from asphyxiation and strangulation.

They later found a necklace lodged in her throat, cuts and scratches on her neck, and her windpipe crushed, according to prosecutors.

Court documents state Williams' Google history shows more than 50 searches relating to strangulation and murder including how to explain an asphyxiation death and the penalty for murder.

Given the evidence and Williams' criminal history, including being charged with strangling another person in Colorado, the judge ordered him to remain in custody until his next court date on January 10.

After this case is resolved in Chicago, Williams will be extradited to Colorado to face charges there.

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