Charges filed against alleged would-be serial killer

Pierce County prosecutors have filed numerous charges against a 19-year-old man who allegedly killed and tortured animals in preparation for becoming a serial killer.

Superior Court Commissioner Diana Lynn Kiesel on Tuesday ordered Matthew G. Williams to Western State Hospital for a mental-health evaluation.

Williams is to return to court next month for a hearing to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial.

Lakewood police found him passed out behind the wheel of his car July 8. He was wearing a black mask and had an air rifle across his lap, according to charging documents. Officers also found a rifle scope, machete and marijuana in the car, the records show.

Williams told officers he bought the gun at a local discount store mistakenly believing it was a firearm, the documents state. He also said he had the desire to kill people and had been preparing himself by killing birds and other animals, including his family’s cat.

Williams said he planned to target homeless people and “average” white men with no family attachments, the records show. He also said he admired serial killers, including Ted Bundy, and hoped he wouldn’t get caught so he could kill over and over.

“Williams stated his homicidal impulses are growing, and he doesn’t believe he will be able to contain them much longer,” charging papers state.

Police searched Williams’ bedroom and found a large knife and stories allegedly written by him in which he talked about murdering people, the court records show.

Williams is charged with second-degree assault, felony harassment, first-degree animal cruelty, unlawfully carrying or handling weapons capable of producing bodily harm, dangerous weapons, physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.