A Lakewood Ranch man, charged with second-degree murder in the 2015 death of his then girlfriend’s 17-month-old son, will stand trial beginning Monday.
Richard Williams, 37, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of William “Quincy” Pollard on July 11, 2015. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.
He has been out on a $100,000 bond since Jan. 28, 2016.
The trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. Monday with jury selections.
Quincy’s death was caused by blunt-force trauma to his head, which caused his brain to swell, according to autopsy results. Williams denied ever hurting him and said the the boy had slipped in the bathtub but didn’t cry, and the injury hadn’t leave a mark.
“Part of me died when he did,” said William’s girlfriend and the boy’s mother, Courtney Pollard, at a hearing in 2015. “No mother should have to bury her baby.”
During that hearing, she detailed things she uncovered in the days after her son’s death, she said, which included weapons, a mysterious hole in a wall and a missing key she later found in Williams’ lunchbox.
“He is capable of murdering without regret,” Pollard said.
William’s criminal history includes several arrests for domestic violence.
At the time of the toddler’s death, Williams lived with Pollard and her son in the home they shared in the 6200 block of Rosefinch Court in Lakewood Ranch. Quincy’s mother left the home to go to work, and left the boy in Williams’ care.
Later that night, Williams called her frantically crying, she would later tell investigators, and told her there was something wrong with the boy.
Pollard could hear her gurgling in the background, she has reportedly said.
Since her job was only a few minutes away from the home, she told Williams to try to keep the toddler awake and rushed home. But she reportedly arrived to find Williams sitting on the floor cradling her son.
“She said as soon as she saw Quincy, she yelled: ‘Rick! We have to take him to the hospital right now,’” detectives wrote in his arrest report.
Pollard grabbed her son, whose eyes were open, and she says he went limp in her arms. She and Williams got into their car, Williams drove to the hospital as Pollard performed CPR.
The boy died at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center despite rescue efforts by hospital staff.
Shortly after the toddler’s death, Williams told detectives that he went to check on the boy twice after putting him to bed. It was on the second check that Williams says he had heard the boy gagging and found him face down in his pillow, which was wet with vomit.
Williams told detectives that he then took the boy to the bathroom, thinking he was going to vomit again, and the toddler, who was looking at him, did vomit again. The boy continued to gasp for air as he put his blanket and pillow in the washing machine.
When the toddler’s breathing became more labored, he called his girlfriend.