Champaign Police Make Arrest in Roper Street Homicide

On December 4, 2013, at approximately 9:25 a.m., Champaign Police arrested Darmel L. Smith, 33, of Urbana, Illinois, for his involvement in the murder of Sheena Williams.

Mr. Smith was arrested in the 200 block of South Mattis on a Champaign County warrant for Murder/Intent to Kill/Injure.  Mr. Smith’s bail has been set at $2,000,000.

On September 6, the Champaign police responded to a home in the 100 block of Roper Street to check the welfare of Sheena Williams.  Ms. Williams was later found deceased inside her residence with stab wounds that did not appear to be self-inflicted.  The Champaign Police Department’s homicide investigation led them to Mr. Smith who had a previous dating relationship with Ms. Williams.

Anyone with additional information about this crime is asked to call Champaign Police at 217-351-4545 or callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 (TIPS).  Tips can also be submitted through or text by sending CCTIP plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).