MURDER USA Willie and Sonya were lovers; now the ex-con is a murder suspect
FORESTVILLE, MD. — Breaking up is hard to do! But not for convicted ex-con Willie Coleman Jr., who police say smothered his ex-lover enough to kill her; thus, he didn’t use love, maybe it was a pillow. PG Police say that Homicide Unit detectives charged a suspect in connection with a domestic-related homicide inside of a Forestville home. With a string of domestic violence charges all dropped due to the failure of the victim to appear in court, Coleman was free to finally end his romance, allegedly, once and for all.
Police say the suspect is 44-year-old Willie Edward Coleman Jr. of 6414 Pennsylvania Avenue, Apt. 203, in Forestville, Md. The victim is 38-year-old Sonya Harris of Pennsylvania Avenue in Forestville. The victim and suspect had previously been in a relationship but still lived in the same apartment.
On December 30th, 2017, at 5:00 pm, patrol officers responded to 6415 Pennsylvania Avenue, District Heights, Md., for a welfare check. Once on the scene, police say that they discovered Harris in her bedroom unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was asphyxiation and the manner of death was a homicide.
Willie Coleman Jr. was charged with second-degree murder and related charges. He’s being held at the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.
Coleman faces a preliminary hearing on Feb. 1, 2018, in Upper Marlboro.
Coleman was charged with domestic violence on Jan. 28, 2015 in District Court in P. G. County. He had been ordered to stay away from the complainant, not abuse, contact or enter the residence. The order was dismissed on Jan. 28, 2015. Many domestic abuse victims let the defendant off the hook by failing to appear for the court hearing after initially filing the complaint. Without the testimony of the victim, the alleged dirtbag is allowed to go free and the complaint dismissed. Eventually, in many cases, the victim is then the target of more violence and in some cases, homicide. The victim didn’t learn much from the prior incident of domestic abuse.
On Sept. 30, 2013, Coleman was charged as the defendant in a domestic violence case in PG County District Court. The complaint was dismissed on Oct. 8, 2013, when neither party appeared in court.
Coleman was charged with an indictment in Prince Georges Circuit Court with four counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Prince Georges States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks proved once again that she is a cupcake prosecutor who continues to allow dangerous armed criminals to murder innocent citizens. On March 9, 2017, in a plea deal with Coleman, he entered a guilty plea to carrying a handgun. THE DEAL: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon – which the law was enacted to prevent – was dropped by Alsobrooks, along with two other gun charges. Court records reveal that States Attorney Alsobrooks failed to provide timely disclosures to defense counsel on Jan. 30, 2015. When the defendant was supposed to appear for sentencing, court records show that he was ill and Judge Graydon S. McKee issued a bench warrant to drag him into court. Coleman was sentenced to 4 years in prison with all, but 90 days suspended with the sentence to commence on Dec. 27, 2016 and given three years’ probation. Unlucky for Harris, Prosecutor Alsobrooks allowing such a short time in the slammer for Coleman ended with her demise. Alsobrooks is doing well and running to be the next PG County Executive.
Willie Coleman, the alleged killer, had another domestic violence rap filed against him on June 6, 2008. The charge was dumped by the court when the victim failed to appear.
Coleman has another conviction on his record, for intimidating a witness or juror in PG Circuit Court when he was given Probation Before Judgement on Jan. 9, 2003.