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Documents show York County father warned he'd kill family

Written by Scott Blanchard/The York Daily Record | Apr 26, 2017 3:09 AM
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This is the home where a double murder-suicide occurred on Greenbriar Road in Manchester Township. Police say a man killed his daughter, his mother and then himself.(Photo: Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record)

(Undated) -- In February, court documents say, Frankie T. Williams and his family had a warning for Makayla L. Lane:

If she tried to get custody of their 3-year-old daughter, he and his family would kill her and her entire family.

Lane, living in North Carolina, filed for custody anyway. On April 6, a York County judge laid out how Williams, of York, and Lane would share time with their daughter, Kelly, before the trial: Each would get two weeks at a time with the toddler.

Beginning Saturday, Kelly was to spend the next two weeks with her mom. But Williams and Kelly didn't arrived at the drop-off spot that day. And on Sunday, police found Williams, his mother Tammy June Williams, and Kelly dead of gunshot wounds to the head.

It appeared to be a "planned act or pact" between Frankie Williams and his mother, Northern York County Regional Police said.

Court documents filed in the custody case trace the history of Frankie Williams, Lane, their daughter and their families.

Lane ran off with Williams when she was 15, and her parents filed a missing persons report in North Carolina, where they live. Lane had Kelly when she was 16, and turned herself in to police because of the missing persons report.

Frankie, Tammy and Kelly moved to York. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Missouri, and Lane joined them there.

They moved back to York in September 2016. In January, Lane's parents visited Kelly in York and, court documents say, were unhappy with the condition of the home Kelly was living in.

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In February, Lane told Frankie Williams that she wanted to take Kelly to live with her and her parents in North Carolina, where the toddler could have a better life. Frankie refused -- and that's when the alleged threat was made against Lane and her family.

"Mother has concerns for her safety," Lane's lawyer wrote in a March 13 filing, "but these concerns are outweighed by the concerns for the safety of the child."

In an April 4 court filing, Williams denied threatening Lane.

Lane wanted primary physical custody of Kelly and shared legal custody with Frankie Williams. Lane had "played an active and nurturing role" with Kelly. She was not working, but was living with her parents in North Carolina, studying to get her high-school equivalency diploma and looking for work. It would be in her daughter's best interests to be with her mom, the filing said, and Lane had a "support system of local friends and family" that could help her with Kelly.

The April 6 shared custody order indicates that Frankie Williams said it would be best for Kelly if he had primary physical custody, with Lane having partial custody. In a previous court filing, he noted that he had two jobs, and got help from family when he was at work. He had "provided a home and all necessary things for the child" for several years.

"Father's belief," the document reads, "is based on his assertion that he is the better capable parent."

A pre-trial conference in the custody case had been scheduled for May 15.

Marc Scaringi, an attorney whose firm represented Williams in the custody case, said there was little he could say beyond what was in the court documents. Casey L. Johnson-Welsh, who represented Lane, could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

Staff writer Ed Mahon contributed to this report.

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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