Police: Suspect is victim’s son

December 6, 2016

A Rome woman’s son was charged Monday with murder after police say he stabbed her to death Saturday night.

According to Floyd County Jail reports, felony murder was added to 28-year-old George Anthony Headen Jr.’s charges Monday afternoon. Other charges added were felony aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony.

Headen is accused of fatally stabbing Sheila Williams, 50, to death Saturday night. He was arrested late Saturday and charged with felony aggravated assault and giving false information to an officer for a separate incident that night.

"We did a lot of legwork on this case Monday," Lt. Joe Costolnick of the Rome police said. "I would like to emphasize that there is no danger to the public from this incident. This was not a random or stranger on stranger crime."

Headen’s uncle, Richard Headen, of Lincoln Heights, Ohio, said he was "extremely upset" to hear about the murder.

"I am shocked," he said. "I feel horrible for Sheila’s sister and daughter."

Richard Headen said that George Anthony Headen Jr. had just been released from an Ohio prison.

"I think he just got there (to Rome) the day before this happened," he said. "He’s had some problems before. I’m sick about this."

On Saturday, police were called to Williams’ home at 303 Larkspur Lane because of a domestic disturbance, according to previous reports.

When officers arrived, there was no answer at the door. Police walked around the home and found an open side door and saw Williams lying on the floor. When they entered the home, they realized Williams had been stabbed and was dead.

Shortly after finding Williams, police were called to the site of a disturbance at the intersection of Redmond Circle and Shorter Avenue.

Headen had assaulted a man and attempted to take his car, according to Floyd County Jail reports.

Costolnick said that Headen was not cooperative and was taken to Floyd Medical Center for an evaluation prior to being taken to jail.

‘He’s had some problems before. I’m sick about this.’

Richard Headen

suspect’s uncle


Read this story online to see previous reports about the murder of Sheila Williams and to see a Google map of the incident location on Larkspur Lane.