CRESTVIEW — State Attorney Bill Eddins has announced that an Okaloosa County grand jury has indicted Jeremiah Murphy for first-degree premeditated and/or first-degree felony murder with a firearm.
Murphy, 17, will be prosecuted as an adult for allegedly killing 69-year-old Nancy Kirk Williams last month, according to a press release from the State Attorney’s Office.
Murphy allegedly admitted to Okaloosa County sheriff’s investigators that he was involved in the killing during a burglary of Williams’ home in Crestview on May 26. According to his arrest report, Murphy said he told an unidentified person that there may be items of value in Williams’ home, which would make it worthwhile to burglarize because she lived alone.
After Williams was reported missing by her mother May 28, deputies unsuccessfully tried to make contact with her at her home on Painter Branch Road in Crestview and by telephone, according to the press release.
Later that night, deputies returned and entered Williams’ home and found her body in a detached garage. An initial investigation indicated she was shot and killed outside her home and then moved into the garage, the release said.
The investigation revealed that Williams had been shot multiple times, the release said. Murphy was arrested May 29 and held without bond at a juvenile detention center until the grand jury met. He is now in the Okaloosa County Jail.