Using DNA evidence, man charged with the murder of 75-year-old Lexington woman

William Luis Megal King, 27, has been arrested in connection to the 2020 murder of a woman in the Hickory Hill mobile home park on Industrial Boulevard in Lexington. King was taken into custody, without incident, on Monday at his home in Gaston.


Detectives began their investigation of this case Sept. 19, 2020, when officers were dispatched to the home of Janet Buril, 75, to find that she had been killed by blunt force trauma to the head.

Forensics was an active component throughout this investigation. More specifically, DNA evidence from William King was found throughout the crime scene which tied him to this case. An arrest warrant was completed and signed by a judge.

“We never thought of the murder of Janet Buril as a “cold case” as our detectives have worked on this continuously over the past eighteen months. They knew that at some point an arrest would be made and I commend their determination and focus”, Chief Terrence Green said. “I appreciate the patience and understanding of Janet Buril’s family and friends while we worked through this exhaustive investigation. I hope that this arrest brings some level of closure to her needless murder.”

At the time of the murder, William King lived in the same neighborhood as the victim

William King has been charged with Homicide and was denied bond when seen by the Lexington County Bond Court. He is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Special thanks to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Lexington County Coroner’s Office, State Law Enforcement Division, United States Secret Service, and the United States Marshal Service for each agency’s assistance in this case.