Police say the man arrested of killing a Clarksville, Indiana, woman and setting her apartment on fire mutilated the woman’s body. One of the neighbors was able to provide important information that led to the man’s capture.
Man arrested after beheading woman and setting her apartment on fire
Brian Montez Williams, 36, of Clarksville, is charged with murder and arson.
In a probable cause affidavit, Clarksville police say emergency crews were called to the 400 block of Kensington Drive after a resident of the building called 911 to report smoke coming from a neighboring apartment.
When Clarksville firefighters entered the apartment, they found a woman on the floor.
When firefighters attempted to move the body, they discovered that the victim, later identified as Melody Gambetty, 67, had been decapitated.
After the fire was extinguished, Clarksville Police detectives examining the scene also discovered that the woman was missing fingers and toes.
The investigation led detectives to identify as a person of interest a man who, according to neighbors, was in the area a day earlier applying for community service work.
One of the neighbors was able to provide a male “Brian W” and a phone number the man had left.
During their interview with Williams, detectives said he was wearing boots that matched the description given by witnesses.
When detectives reviewed surveillance video from a camera across the street facing the front of the apartment building, they saw that Williams arrived at 12:03, but did not enter the apartment building.
Detectives returned to Williams’ apartment and arrested him.
After obtaining a search warrant for Williams’ apartment, police found suitcases belonging to Gambetty containing human remains, Gambetty’s personal items, and a small saw with human tissue and blood on the blade.