Law enforcement officials honored for work on Rowland Heights slayings


Deputy District Attorney Stacy Okun-Wiese was honored at the 28th annual Justice for Homicide Victims Memorial at Rose Hills Memorial Park. She, along with her partner, Pak Kouch, and sheriff’s Sgt. Sandra Nava and Detective Don Walls were honored for their work in the conviction of Manling Williams, who murdered her husband, 27-year-old Neal Williams, and their sons Ian, 3, and Devon, 7, in their Rowland Heights home in 2007. A judge sentenced Manling Williams to death in January.

“I wouldn’t have been able to get through this without my team of detectives (and prosecutors),” said Jan Williams, the mother of Neal Williams and grandmother of Devon and Ian.

“The detectives and district attorneys were compassionate. They always took my phone calls, even if they couldn’t answer all my questions. They were always there to look me in the eye and say, `Don’t worry. Everything’s going to be OK.”‘

Read more in Brian Day’s story JUSTICE.

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