Timothy Williams rape and murder trial set for redo

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Timothy Williams is set to face a new trial for the rape and murder of Wendy Jerome nearly 40 years ago. The initial trial in November 2023 ended in a mistrial due to “jury misconduct,” leading to a swift pursuit of justice for the heinous crime.

The body of 14-year-old Wendy Jerome was discovered on Thanksgiving 1984 after her family reported her missing. She had been brutally raped and murdered, leaving the community in shock and devastation.

Wendy’s mother, Marlene Jerome, recalled the events of that fateful night, expressing deep concern when her daughter did not return home after visiting a friend. The family’s distress deepened as they learned of Wendy’s tragic fate, and despite a lengthy investigation, justice remained elusive for years, with the case eventually going cold.

It wasn’t until 2020 that a familial DNA hit identified Williams as a suspect, leading to his arrest at his Melbourne, Florida home. However, the first trial in November 2023 ended abruptly in a mistrial, leaving Wendy’s family devastated and eager to see Williams face justice for the crime.

Amidst the setback, the prosecutor and Wendy’s family remain committed to seeking justice for the young girl. Williams, now 59, will be facing a new trial, set to “start from scratch,” according to District Attorney Sandra Doorley. The trial is scheduled to commence with jury selection on Feb. 27, 2024, with witnesses expected to return to testify once again.

The new trial signifies another opportunity for closure and justice for Wendy Jerome and her family, as they continue to push for accountability in the enduring pursuit of justice.