Columbus man charged with killing friend, hiding body in rug given $1 million bond

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) — Darryl J. Lee pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Friday at the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

He accused of murdering Deloris Williams. Authorities say her body was found wrapped in a rug, in the back of a SUV at an apartment complex on the 1800 block of Gault St.

Friday afternoon, before Lee’s arraignment, NBC4 approached his family. They wouldn’t speak on camera but one, who didn’t want to be identified, said, “He’s a good guy. Things happen.”

His bond is set at $1 million.

Family from both Williams and Lee were present in the arraignment. Deloris Williams’ sister rushed out of the courtroom in tears.

Phyllis Stewart lives right next to where Williams’ body was found. She said she doesn’t feel safe living in that neighborhood.

“It’s too close for comfort. I know what kind of people they move in those apartments, nothing but slumlords,” said Stewart.

Authorities said Lee has a long criminal history, including aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter charges out of the Dayton area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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