Real Name: Daphne Boyden
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Vallejo, California
Date: May 17, 1996
Details: Seventeen-year-old Daphne Boyden was the girlfriend of rising rap star Lathan Williams and was the mother of a six-week-old son named Le-Zhan Williams. On May 17, 1996, two unidentified girls arrived at the home of Riva Lee Boyden, Daphne's grandmother.
The girls apparently wanted to see baby Le-Zhan, and it appeared that Daphne knew the girls. Riva Lee left that afternoon to go to bingo, and when she returned, her house had been set on fire and Daphne, who had been shot to death, was found inside. There was no sign of the unknown girls or Le-Zhan in the house, and it was obvious to police that the girls had murdered Daphne and then kidnapped the baby. Police, however, had few leads in the case and no suspects have been identified.
Suspects: A few months before Le-Zhan's abduction and Daphne's murder, Lathan Williams was attacked and shot in the head by an unknown assailant. It has not been determined if the shooting was related to the murder and abduction. The two unidentified girls were seen fleeing from the home as it went ablaze carrying a bundle believed to be baby Le-Zhan. The two girls were described as teenaged African-American females but could not be identified.
Results: Solved. In 2002, six years after Daphne's murder, Le-Zhan was found in a home just two miles away. The girls who took him, 22-year-old Latasha Brown and Ocianetta Williams (no relation to Lathan or Le-Zhan Williams), were arrested in connection to his kidnapping and his mother's murder. Latasha's mother, Delores Brown, was arrested for child concealment and served a one year sentence. Ocianetta was given a thirteen year sentence for her connection to the murder and abduction, while Latasha was found guilty of murder in 2004 and sentenced to 37 years to life in prison. Le-Zhan was reunited with his family a few weeks after he was found, but, sadly, he could not be reunited with his father, Lathan Williams, because he was serving an unrelated twelve year sentence for armed robbery. Lathan Williams was released from prison in 2010.
- Lathan Williams on Wikipedia
- Woman Charged With Murder, Kidnapping
- Alleged Vallejo murderer-kidnapper pleads innocent
- Mother of woman accused in kidnapping-murder is sentenced
- Conviction of Vallejo woman's murder-kidnap sentence upheld
- Daphne Boyden at Find a Grave