Saline Co. murder suspect in custody after standoff in eastern Ky.

Suspect in deadly shooting caught

HARRISBURG, Ill. (KFVS) - A Saline County murder suspect is in custody after a standoff with officers in eastern Kentucky.

Alexander McWilliam, a.k.a McWilliams, 36, of Harrisburg, was taken into custody on Tuesday, March 23 at a motel in Union County, Kentucky.

Ill. murder suspect arrested in Union Co.

According to Illinois State Police, at around 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday officers from the Kentucky State Police; U.S. Marshals Service; Union County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Department and Morganfield, Kentucky Police Department found McWilliam at the Hometown Inn, located in the 500 block of U.S. Highway 60E in Morganfield.

Troopers say he barricaded himself in the motel room for about 2.5 hours, after which authorities safely took him into custody.

McWilliam is being held in the Webster County, Ky. Jail awaiting extradition to Saline County, Ill. where he is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the March 13 shooting death of Mishealia M. Meredith.

He has a long history of being in the Saline County Courthouse.

He has been in legal trouble since 2006. Some of his previous charges include felony possession, use of a weapon, DUI, reckless driving, disregard to a stop sign and two speeding tickets.

In 2018, McWilliam was charged with murder intent to kill, aggravated battery, discharging a firearm and obstructing justice and leaving the state.

He was sent to state prison for obstructing justice.

Now, less than a year after being released from prison, police say they found evidence at a home in Eldorado linking him to the shooting death of Meredith.

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