Miami Drifter charged in Ryan Rogers murder


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A homeless Miami man has been arrested over allegations he killed Ryan Rogers, the 14-year-old boy who was found stabbed to death in Palm Beach Gardens.

Simi Lee Williams, 39, of Miami was detained on Wednesday. Police officials in Palm Beach Gardens are due to provide details of his arrest at a 10 a.m. news conference. Records show that his first court appearance is also scheduled for 10 a.m. in Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach court records show that Palm Beach Gardens police arrested him for premeditated murder with a weapon.

killing ChubbyA freshman at William T. Dwyer High School, he shocks Palm Beach Gardens and sparks a thorough murder investigation. The evening of November 15, he disappeared, and his body was Discover The next day on a street near Interstate 95.

The Herald has learned that Williams’ DNA was found at the murder scene. Thanks to him, detectives were able to trace Williams back to Miami-Dade County youtube page, A bunch of weird little watched videos. The videos also placed him in the Palm Beach Gardens area near the time of the murder.

The videos on his page show a man who appears to be suffering from severe mental illness. With titles like “Gangster Chase” and “Bad Stalkers Who Stand in the Midway,” the videos show street scenes across South Florida, and audio trotting around the plots.

“They have chips properly implanted all over my body and they read my mind through my ears and they rip my shoes off,” says the voice in one of the videos. “For the past 10 years, in every city I go to, they have beaten me with electric weapons for giving me cancer.”

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Simi Lee Williams, pictured here on his Facebook page, has been arrested and charged with the murder of 14-year-old Ryan Rogers in Palm Beach Gardens.

The videos also show him wandering the streets of Miami, visiting Camillus House, a homeless shelter downtown.

Miami-Dade police investigators, working with their counterparts at Palm Beach Gardens, tracked him down last Friday in Miami. He was questioned, but not initially arrested because he was transferred to a hospital under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows for the forced commitment of a person who poses a danger to themselves or others.

State records show that Williams lived in Sanford, in Seminole County, north of Orlando. His state criminal history includes several arrests, including domestic battery and violating a restraining order in Seminole County in the mid-2000s.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

David Oval covers crime and the courts in Miami. Born in San Diego, he graduated from the University of Southern California and joined the Herald in 2002 as a sports reporter.


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