Nearly 13 months after the body of a Waterloo woman was found in a local cemetery, the victim's husband has been charged in her death.

Fredrick Williams on Wednesday was arrested on warrants for first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse, Waterloo police confirmed. Authorities said the warrants were served on the 28-year-old Williams at the Clarinda Correctional Facility in southwest Iowa, where he's currently serving time for an unrelated parole violation that's connected to a 2014 first-degree robbery charge.

Lakisha Williams / Courtesy: Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers
Lakisha Williams / Courtesy: Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers

Williams is accused of killing his wife. The body of 40-year-old Lakisha Williams was found on the ground near a back road at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 3669 Logan Ave. (U.S. Highway 63), in Waterloo on Jan. 26, 2018, five days after she was reported missing. An autopsy later determined that Lakisha Williams died of a homicide.

On Jan. 27, 2018, Minnesota authorities arrested Fredrick Williams on a Black Hawk County warrant charging him with being a fugitive from justice. Williams allegedly left Iowa without permission while being on parole for the 2014 robbery charge, court records show.

Waterloo police have not released any additional information related to Lakisha Williams' death. The case remains under investigation.

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