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Murder Suspect Remains In Arizona

The suspect in the killing of Megan Holden has not been brought back to Texas, that's according to Tyler Police Saturday. Originally Police and the FBI were planning on traveling to Arizona where 24-year-old Johnny Lee Williams was arrested Friday.

Tyler Police Spokesman Don Martin said Saturday that has not happened, and Williams has hired an attorney and is refusing to talk. Williams is accused of kidnapping 19-year-old Megan Holden in a Wal-Mart parking lot Wednesday night. He was arrested at a hospital in Willcox, Arizona after trying to get treatment for a gunshot wound he received during an apparent robbery attempt.

A short time later Megan's body was discovered some 300 miles from Tyler. She had been reportedly shot to death.

Williams sits in an Arizona jail awaiting an extradition hearing. Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham told KLTV 7, one way or another, Williams will face trial in East Texas.

"This is a very serious charge, this crime was very barbaric and torturous and we fully intend to get justice for Megan Holden and the family of Megan Holden, and I intend to present an indictment for the offense of capital murder against Johnny Lee Williams Jr.," said Bingham.

Bingham said if Williams chooses to fight extradition, it could be as long as three weeks before he is brought back to East Texas.

Chris Gibson, reporting

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