On March 29, 2020, Temple, Texas resident Kaitlyn Silverio, 20, was murdered. Her alleged killers were arrested 3 days later on April 1st. De’Jana Mont’e Williams, who also is known as Dejuana Monte Williams of Killeen was 21 at the time when she and Cedric Vernon Henderson Jr., 22 were charged with the homicide.

According to this Killeen Daily Herald article, the jury panel had just finished being called yesterday morning for the trial of Williams when she decided to change her plea from not guilty to guilty later in the day.

Why was Kaitlyn Silverio murdered?

Investigators believed the original intent of the defendants was to rip off Silverio during a drug deal for marijuana. According to Williams, their original plan was to purchase the weed with counterfeit money. At some point guns were pulled, and pointed Silverio before Henderson Jr. shot her in the chest.

What happened to Henderson Jr?

Earlier this year, Henderson Jr. plead guilty to his role in the murder, and was sentenced to life in prison. That sentencing may have played into the decision by Williams to not proceed with a trial, and face the full weight of a guilty verdict by a jury.

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When will Williams finish her sentence?

Judge Paul LePak sentenced Williams to 35 years, so her term will be completed in 2055. She will receive credit for the 3 years she has been detained at the Bell County Jail awaiting her trial.

This closes the book on a murder that goes back exactly 3 years ago tomorrow. Hopefully it also brings closure with it to the family of Silverio.

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