Marissa Williams is a real person.
She is 19 years old and had lived with her aunt in Fosters, Ala., since April. Then Williams’ aunt learned that she was inviting boys she met online to her house, and their relationship became uneasy.
Williams’ aunt told her that she didn’t want her going to parties with men she had just met on sites like Facebook. Williams blocked her aunt on the social networking site so that she no longer had access to what her niece was up to.
Williams became friends on Facebook with Tre “Topdog” Ellis. Tre “Topdog” Ellis is not a real person; Williams’ aunt created him. One day Williams asked him to kill her aunt.
What started out as a snooping session that could provide anecdotes for a stern talking-to about the dangers of confiding in strangers ended with Williams’ aunt calling police and Williams being arrested and charged with solicitation of murder, AL.com reports. The teen is currently in Alabama’s Tuscaloosa County Jail, pending a $30,000 bond.
According to court records filed Tuesday and viewed by AL.com, Williams unknowingly began chatting with her aunt shortly after she accepted the friend request from “Ellis” in May. AL.com reports that on the first day, “she gave the fictional boy her phone number and home address and asked him to come over and get drunk with her. She then offered to have sex with him if he’d pay her $50 cellphone bill.”
A few days later, Williams told the man she knew as Ellis to come and kidnap her and take her out of Alabama and away from her family. According to a deposition viewed by AL.com, Williams then asked Ellis to shoot and kill her aunt if she tried to stop her abduction.
The planning got more detailed and sinister as time went on. According to court files, Williams told the fictional Ellis that she would pack her things in his car while he first killed his aunt’s fiance. She even told Ellis how to get into her aunt’s bedroom. She then wanted Ellis to kill her aunt, cousin and the family’s dog on the way out of the house.
Williams’ aunt called police and had the teen arrested. According to the deposition viewed by AL.com, deputies interviewed Williams, who admitted to the murder-kidnapping plot. She apologized and said that “she didn’t really mean for anyone to be killed,” AL.com reports.
Read more at AL.com.