Tuscaloosa, Alabama — An Alabama teen who was unknowingly speaking to her aunt on Facebook about killing her family is now behind bars.
Marissa Williams, 19, has lived with her aunt in Fosters, Alabama since April 2014, and [she] would frequently invite men she met online over to get drunk and have sex with her.
Williams’ aunt did not approve of her social media habits and asked her to stop bringing men to the house for sex. Williams’ aunt also forbid her to attend parties with strangers she met online, according to court documents.
When Williams’ aunt asked her to stop her unacceptable behavior, Williams blocked her aunt from Facebook.
According to court documents, Williams’ aunt decided to create a Facebook profile for a fictional man that she named Tre ‘Topdog’ Ellis so that she could add Williams as a friend and chat with her. The woman hoped for a rare glimpse into her niece’s online activity and for an opportunity to teach Williams about the dangers of interacting with strangers online.
The setup did not take long to produce results, however, it was not the results Williams’ aunt was expecting. Williams began unknowingly talking to her aunt, posing as Ellis, in late May, and on the first day they interacted online, she gave the fictional boy her phone number and home address and asked him to come over and get drunk with her. She also offered to have sex with him if he would agree to pay her $50 cell phone bill.
Her plans grew increasingly intricate and sinister as time passed. According to the court documents, Williams told the fictional boy how to get into her aunt’s bedroom so he could kill her and the woman’s fiancé first, then she asked him to shoot her cousin and the family dog on the way out. Williams allegedly planned to pack her things in his car while ‘Tre’ murdered her family.
When the aunt read what Williams was asking the fictional boy to do, the aunt immediately called the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and asked for help.
Deputies arrived shortly after and interviewed Williams. Williams admitted to the murder plot but apologized and said she didn’t really mean for anyone to be killed. However, her apologies fell on deaf ears.
Williams was arrested and taken to the county jail. She is charged with the Solicitation of Murder. Williams is being held on a $30,000 bond.
According to reports, authorities told the aunt she did the right thing, citing if Williams solicited someone for murder once, she would most likely attempt it again.