Mercedes Williamson

Hate crime sentencing postponed

The federal court sentencing of a Mississippi man who killed an Alabama transgender woman has been postponed. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. on Thursday delayed the hearing until May 15th. The defendant, Joshua Vallum’s, lawyer sought the move. Vallum…

Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime

A Lucedale man pleads guilty to a federal hate crime for assaulting and murdering Mercedes Williamson because she was a transgender woman. Joshua Vallum originally pled guilty to her murder back in July after admitting he beat her to death…

Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Murder

Today a Latin Kings gang member pleaded guilty to the murder of a transgender teen. Josh Vallum appeared in George County Circuit Court today, entering a guilty plea in the beating death of Mercedes Williamson of Theodore back in 2015.…