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Normal officer pleads not guilty to theft, misconduct charges

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BLOOMINGTON — A Normal police officer charged with felony theft and official misconduct entered not guilty pleas on all charges Friday morning.

Brian Williams, 46, is accused of stealing $12,000 from a house in Normal while responding to a 911 call about a drug overdose, then trying to return the money. He is being represented by defense attorney Stephanie Wong, who had no comment after the arraignment in front of Judge William Yoder.

Williams is free on a $30,000 personal recognizance bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 27. He has served with the Normal Police Department for 18 years and was placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest Nov. 29.

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According to court documents, several officers, including Williams, responded to the 911 call on Nov. 25, where one person was found dead. A relative later contacted police and said money in the house was missing.

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The relative said her phone recorded three unanswered calls from an unidentified number two days later. When she answered a call the next day, a person said the money would be returned if she dropped the matter and stopped talking to police, court documents said.

She was talking to state police when the person called again and she told the caller to meet her at a Pontiac gas station. Williams was arrested by state police after he placed a money bag in a phone booth and called the woman to say he had delivered the money, according to the documents.

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Contact Lenore Sobota at (309) 820-3240. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Sobota

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