Last Thursday, a Martinez jury concluded the 2018 double murder case of Milan Ardoin and Valinda Scott, declaring Dontay Javon Williams guilty. The 40-year-old Oakland resident will face life imprisonment for the murders of his then-girlfriend Ardoin, 28, and her mother, Scott, 55 per the Contra Costa County news report.
The case exposes the distressing transformation of love into violence. Milan Ardoin had attempted to end her relationship with Williams, who, unable to accept the decision, traveled from Oakland to Antioch on July 5, 2018. There, he fatally shot both Ardoin and Scott before fleeing on foot.
During their investigation, Antioch police discovered Williams' wallet near the crime scene. Found guilty of two counts of murder and additional charges of intentionally discharging a handgun, lying in wait, and multiple murders, Williams also has a prior 2005 conviction for robbery in Oakland.
Regarding the case's resolution, Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Tompkins, the prosecutor, commented, "For the loved ones who lost two family members in one tragic morning, and who waited years for their day in court, this verdict is a chance to move forward in their long healing process." as mentioned in the Contra Costa County District Attorney's press release.