Man pleads no contest in killing of radio anchor Jim Matthews

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A Detroit-area man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and unlawful imprisonment in the killing of a radio news anchor and an attack on his family.

Arthur Williamson’s plea was heard Thursday in Macomb County District Court in Mount Clemens, the county’s attorney’s office said.

A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is used as such in sentencing.

WWJ-AM night announcer Jim Matthews was found beaten to death with a hammer in Chesterfield Township, northeast of Detroit, in September.

Authorities said Williamson of Pontiac was a friend of Matthews’ girlfriend.

Matthews’ girlfriend and the couple’s 10-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter were injured. The boy was also hit in the head with a hammer.

Williamson will be sentenced on May 31.

Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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