CSAO: Greater New Britain Serial Killer Task Force

Greater New Britain Serial Murder Task Force

{William Devin Howell is charged in the deaths of seven people whose remains were found in New Britain.} WILLIAM DEVIN HOWELL was formally charged on September 18, 2015, with three counts of Capital Felony, three counts of Felony Murder and three counts of Murder in the deaths of six persons whose remains were found buried in a wooded area behind a shopping center at 593 Hartford Road in New Britain. Howell was previously convicted of Manslaughter in a seventh homicide, the slaying of Nilsa Arizmendi whose remains also were found at the Hartford Road site.

The latest charges are the result of an extensive investigation undertaken by the Greater New Britain Serial Murder Task Force, which was established in 2014 to investigate the homicides, which had remain unsolved since the first remains were discovered at the Hartford Road site in 2007.

On September 18, 2015, Howell was charged with one count each of Capital Felony and Felony Murder in the deaths of three women whose identities are confidential, pursuant to Connecticut state law, because they were victims of sexual assault.

Howell is also charged with one each of Murder in the deaths of Marilyn Gonzalez, born October 16, 1976, who was last seen on May 16, 2003, in Waterbury where she lived on Hillside Avenue; Mary Jane Menard, born May 7, 1963, and who went missing in October 2003; and Danny Lee Whistnant, born October 5, 1958, and who was reported missing on June 24, 2003. The charges are merely accusations and Howell is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Greater New Britain Serial Murder Task Force includes members of the New Britain, Hartford, Wethersfield, Waterbury and East Hartford police departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Chief State's Attorney and the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of New Britain. The task force was assisted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Scientific Services Forensic Science Laboratory, the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, the Hampton Police Department in Virginia and the Bertie County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina.

Howell is currently serving a 15-year prison term for the slaying of Nilsa Arizmendi, who was last seen alive on July 25, 2003, in Wethersfield. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to Manslaughter in the First Degree following his arrest in May 2005 in Hampton, Virginia, as a fugitive from justice. Ms. Arizmendi's remains were among those recovered from the Hartford Road site and identified in 2015.

The Task Force is requesting any information the public may have regarding these crimes. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the anonymous Tip Line at 860-826-3199. Anonymous information can also be provided at http://www.newbritainpolice.org/anonymous-tips or by text message to 860-801-1004 or Crimetips@NewBritainCT.gov

Content Last Modified on 9/23/2015 3:10:08 PM