Man given 45 years for death

The man who murdered a Center Grove area resident about two years ago has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Rickey King had pleaded guilty to the March 2015 stabbing death of Steven Williams, a Center Grove resident. King was the boyfriend of Steven Williams’ wife, who has also been convicted in the murder.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced the sentence against King on Friday. King had pleaded guilty in December.

Police have said Steven Williams was abducted by Opal Williams’ cousin and King, then murdered under a bridge in Indianapolis.

Opal Williams assisted King in luring Williams from his home under the pretense that Opal had been injured and needed his assistance. King drove Steven Williams to a predetermined area near the White River near West Street and Raymond Street, and the two men stabbed Steven Williams in his chest, then allowed him to call his wife and beg for his life. Opal Williams told Charles Lehman Jr., and Rickey King to “do it.”

After Opal Williams hung up the phone, Lehman and King allowed Steven Williams to smoke a few cigarettes before he passed out. Once he lost consciousness, the two slit Steven Williams’ throat. Steven Williams’ body was rolled into a carpet and placed into the White River.

Williams was 52 at the time of his death. He had married Opal Williams in May 2007 and two lived in the Wakefield subdivision off Smith Valley Road in White River Township.

King is the second suspect in the case to be sentenced. Opal Williams, who also pleaded guilty to murder, is serving a 50-year sentence.

Lehman, who has been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, will stand trial this summer.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2774.