MARTINEZ, CA (Nov. 14, 2023) — A jury in Martinez returned guilty verdicts on November 9 for a double murder that took place in Antioch in 2018.
The jury found Dontay Javon Williams, a 40-year-old resident of Oakland, guilty of the murders of Milan Ardoin, 28, and her mother, Valinda Scott, 55. At the time, Milan Ardoin maintained a relationship with Williams. However, Ardoin had communicated her intention to end the relationship over email exchanges. In the early morning hours of July 5, 2018, Williams traveled from Oakland to Antioch. Once there, he fatally shot both Ardoin and Scott outside their residence before fleeing on foot.
Antioch Police officers investigated the shooting and canvassed the neighborhood to speak with witnesses. During the investigation, they found Williams’ wallet — a key piece of evidence — on a sidewalk near where the murders occurred.
The jury convicted Williams on two counts of murder and enhancements for intentionally discharging a handgun, lying in wait, and multiple murders. Moreover, Williams received conviction for possession of a firearm with a prior violent conviction for robbery in Oakland in 2005.
Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Tompkins, who prosecuted the case, said: “For the loved ones who lost two family members in one tragic morning, and who waited years for their day in court, this verdict is a chance to move forward in their long healing process.”
When Williams is sentenced, he faces life without the possibility of parole.
Case No. 05001922558 | The People of the State of California vs. Williams, Dontay Javon