A man has admitted murdering three people – including a mum and her son – during a five-day murder spree.
Anthony Russell, 39, had previously denied murdering Julie Williams, 58, her son David Williams, 32, and Nicole McGregor, 31, in October 2020.
Ms Williams and her son were found dead in separate flats in Coventry – just hours apart – on October 25 and October 26 respectively.
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Ms McGregor, 31, was found dead in woodland near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, a few days later, the Mirror reports.
Russell, of no fixed abode, had previously admitted the manslaughter of all three victims.
He was due to go on trial at Warwick Crown Court on Monday (February 14) accused of three counts of murder before he changed his pleas to guilty.
Russell is now standing trial accused of a charge of rape, which he denies.
David Williams was last seen on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, and was reported missing to police on October 24.
His mother, Julie Williams, was found dead at her flat just before 11pm on October 25, after concerns were raised for the 58-year-old’s welfare.
Around 24 hours later, police revealed the body of David, 32, had been found at a different flat in the same square at around 11.30pm on Monday, October 26.
The body of a woman was then discovered in Leamington Spa at around noon on October 29.
She was later named as Nicole McGregor, while Russell was apprehended by police the following day in Rolleston-on-Dove in Staffordshire, close to the border with Derbyshire.
The defendant was arrested on October 30 after a huge search effort by police.
In the wake of Julie and David’s death, relative Jae Williams launched the fundraiser to cover the funeral costs.
It read: “Hi everyone. Following our recent, most devastating news of the murders of our family members Julie and her son David our family would like to kindly ask for any donations possible to help fund their funerals.
“Thank you very much in advance we will be most grateful for any amount raised x.”
The page raised £2,000 to help with the costs.
In tribute to Nicole, her family previously said: “We wish to thank people for their well wishes, Nicole will be greatly missed. We request to be left alone to grieve at this difficult time.”
Nicole was previously on the run from police herself after she failed to appear in court for possessing a knife.
She was once wanted by the British Transport Police after being charged with possession of an offensive weapon and fare evasion in July 2019.
In a lengthy post on her Facebook page in August, she wrote about trying to get her life back on track.
She said: “New fresh start for me is a defo need to put my self first and concentrate on sorting my life out once and for all.
“Hopefully fingers crossed I will have sum Wer else to live I need to put old and the bad negative sh*t behind me and start putting positive stuff first.
“I just want to say iv got great support around me and good friends behind me hate all the false to face bull sh*t peace out lol love to all my children I missu all sooo much always in my heart my thoughts never forget.”