Trial begins for man accused of putting son in concrete-filled trash can

Roger and Rodricus Williams
Roger and Rodricus Williams

The trial of a man accused of dumping his 2-year-old son's body in a trash can and then filling it with 450 pounds of concrete is scheduled to begin with jury selection Monday.

Jury selection for the trial of Roger Williams will begin  at 2 p.m. at the Moncks Corner Courthouse. Williams is charged with homicide by child abuse for the 2010 death of his son, 2-year-old Rodricus Williams.

According to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, Roger Williams posted a $250,000 bond back in April 2011. He also faces a charge of obstruction of justice in Charleston County in connection with the case, but that will not be addressed at this trial.

In February 2011, Williams' girlfriend, Grace Trotman pleaded guilty for her part in the death of Rodricus.

The tragic story started on July 6, 2010 with reports that the boy was missing after falling in the water at The Battery in downtown Charleston. Authorities launched a massive search for the boy, who was actually never in the water. Williams and his live-in girlfriend, Trotman, were arrested a short time later.

Trotman admitted to an FBI agent that she made up the missing child story to cover up the child's death. In an affidavit, Roger Williams acknowledged the boy had an ongoing health condition that needed to be monitored. However, when Rodricus Williams fell ill, he instructed Trotman not to contact health care providers. He admitted to investigators he did not call for medical help either.

After the boy died, authorities were directed to an abandoned mobile home near Bowman in Orangeburg County where they found the child's body inside a trash can filled with cement.

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