Crime

He stabbed and killed a pregnant teen. 23 years later, he’s charged in her son’s death.

Ronnie Keith Williams as he appeared in court on Feb. 3, 2004, at the opening arguments part of his second trial for the 1993 stabbing death of pregnant Lisa Dyke. Her baby was born with severe brain damage and a gash on his leg. The baby, Julius, lived to 23 and died in December 2016. His death was ruled a homicide. Williams faces trial in his death.
Ronnie Keith Williams as he appeared in court on Feb. 3, 2004, at the opening arguments part of his second trial for the 1993 stabbing death of pregnant Lisa Dyke. Her baby was born with severe brain damage and a gash on his leg. The baby, Julius, lived to 23 and died in December 2016. His death was ruled a homicide. Williams faces trial in his death. Miami Herald file photo

Ronnie Keith Williams attacked 18-year-old Lisa Dyke so savagely, one of the 18 stabs wounds that ended her life penetrated the pregnant woman’s stomach and cut her baby’s leg while he was inside her womb.

That gash would be visible on the prematurely born baby’s leg for the nearly 24 years he lived without his mother.

In December 2016, Julius Dyke, 23, who lived with severe brain damage because of the attack on his mother, and who had to breathe and eat through tubes and couldn’t talk, finally died of his injuries. His death was ruled a homicide.

Williams, who smirked when he was convicted and given the death penalty in 2004 for killing Lisa Dyke, now faces first-degree murder charges in a Broward courtroom. This time for the death of her son, Julius.

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Lisa Dyke, then 18, in this copy of a photo from 1993. Miami Herald file photo

“As long as they don’t let him out I’m fine,” Margaret Dyke, Lisa’s mother, told CBS4. She told the Miami Herald’s news partner she agreed with the Broward State Attorney’s office to charge Williams with her grandson’s death.

“Every day to watch your grandson shake with seizures, all because of someone evil. Someone who has yet to say, ‘I’m sorry.’”

Margaret Dyke, who gave up a career as a singer, who lost her home, and who spent the rest of Julius’ life tending to him, will be there for Williams’ latest trial.

“I have to make sure justice is done for my babies,” she told CBS4.

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Margaret Coakley-Dyke cuddled with her grandson, Julius Dyke, then 10, in her Fort Lauderdale home in this 2003 photo. Her 18-year-old daughter, Lisa, was stabbed to death while Julius was in utero in 1993. EMILY MICHOT emichot@miamiherald.com

Lisa Dyke had been babysitting at a friend’s home in Wilton Manors on Jan. 26, 1993, when she answered a knock on the door. “A stranger, a monstrous little man with an eight-inch knife, attacked her in an inexplicable bloody frenzy,” a former Herald columnist wrote in 2007, 14 years after the murder.

On that day in 1993, Williams, who had previously been convicted of raping a 9-year-old girl in 1982 and of the stabbing murder of a 21-year-old Oakland Park woman in 1984, went looking for his ex-girlfriend. He had been released from prison due to overcrowding just eight months earlier.

He found Dyke at the home. After stabbing her 18 times, and wounding her unborn child, he bit her on the back, breasts and buttocks. She lived long enough — 19 days — to deliver her son and identify Williams from her deathbed.

He was convicted in 1993 of Dyke’s murder, but in 2004 the Florida Supreme Court ordered a new trial because of a juror’s error. That led to his 2004 conviction and death sentence.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

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