Girl testifies she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted

Dontrel Williams
Dontrel Williams in court in Kalamazoo on May 31, for a preliminary exam.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kalamazoo man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl has been ordered to stand trial.

A judge ruled after a Wednesday afternoon preliminary exam that there is enough evidence to send 39-year-old Dontrel Williams to trial. Williams faces five criminal counts, including criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

Williams allegedly abducted the girl from a bus stop in Kalamazoo on May 10. She was able to call 911 when he left her alone and police rescued her.

At the hearing, the teen took the stand to tell the court what happened. She looked down as she spoke, unable to make eye contact with Williams.

“When you were in that car, what did you think?” the prosecutor asked the teenager, who 24 Hour News 8 is not identifying.

“I was going to die,” she responded.

When asked whether something “sexual” happened at Williams’ house, the victim said, “Yes. He walked towards me and started touching me.”

The victim testified that two sex acts happened in the house, both of which she performed “on command.” She went on to say that she called 911 when Williams’ wife came home.

“His wife called his name and he shoved me into a closet,” she told the court.

The teen was the only person to testify Wednesday.

Williams’ attorney advised him to waive the preliminary exam. That would have meant the case was sent to trial anyway, but also would have prevented the witness from giving testimony at this juncture.

Williams said during Wednesday’s proceedings that he wanted a new lawyer.

“I told [my attorney] I want to hire another attorney,” he told the court.

He has denied guilt.