LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Star City native had been out of jail for less than a week when his body was found slain in the front room of his east Little Rock home. Now, nearly 13 months later, there are little to no details on who might be responsible.
In the early morning of February 26, 2016, police were called to a one-story, white house on a quaint, dead-end street. When they got there, they found a man laying in a pool of his own blood. Emergency responders said he had no heartbeat – and he had been dead for some time.
This is how the story of 42-year-old Larry Barnard Williams II’s mysterious, still-unsolved death begins.
Police say they were called to the home on 1207 E. 28th St. that Friday morning in February around 6 a.m. in regards to “unknown trouble.”
When they arrived, they first saw a 44-year-old man named Malik Mumit, the one who had called 911. Mumit told police his friend (later identified as Williams) was inside the house laying in a pool of blood.
When police went in the house, they saw just that.
They said Williams showed obvious signs of some sort of facial trauma. He had been dead for hours, at least.
Police saw that Williams had been shot once.
Mumit told police he had been at Williams’ house Thursday night, and that he left shortly after the nightly news ended to go see his wife. He said he tried to call Williams Friday morning around 5 a.m. but Williams didn’t answer. Worried, he said he drove to Williams’ house, where he saw the condition of his friend…
That’s when he called police.
Mumit could only think of one possible lead — According to Mumit, Williams had gotten into an argument with someone who killed Williams’ brother, but that was before Williams had been incarcerated. Mumit told police he wasn’t sure if Williams had any contact with that man since Williams had been released from prison just a few days before, on Monday of that week.
Police said they attempted to canvass the neighborhood – a typical procedure in investigating a crime – but there wasn’t much of a surrounding neighborhood to canvas.
They took Mumit in for further questioning, but no leads, suspects or further details were ever released.