Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

True Crime Daily

Criminology student murdered on class trip to prison by serial killer – Crime Watch Daily Updates

In this episode of Crime Watch Daily Updates: Kelli Ann Cox visited the Denton County Jail with her criminology class for a field trip in July of 1997. When the 20-year-old left, she realized she couldn’t get into her car, so she called her boyfriend on a nearby payphone to ask him to pick her up. But when he got there, she was nowhere to be found. Detectives looked into her boyfriend, but he was cleared of suspicion.

Several other women disappeared around the same time as Kelli in both Texas and Oklahoma, but Kelli’s case went cold.

Over time, investigators found their way to William Reece, an Oklahoma man who had previously been convicted of sexual assault and released from prison.

He also turned out to be a serial killer.

In September 2015, William was arrested in Oklahoma after a DNA swab linked him to the murder of Tiffany Johnston, a 19-year-old who vanished while at a car wash on June 26, 1997. Investigators found her body the next day and learned she had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

Five months later, in February 2016, William agreed to talk to investigators about the murders, but wanted to make sure he wouldn’t be given the death penalty. Detectives found the remains of another victim, Jessica Cain, on March 18, 2016, and on April 1, they located Kelli.


William went to trial in May 2021 for the murder of Tiffany Johnston, and a jury convicted him. He was also given the death penalty in Oklahoma. In June 2022, he went to trial in Texas and pleaded guilty to killing Kelli Cox, Jessica Cain, and 12-year-old Laura Smither. He was handed three life sentences.
Subscribe to True Crime Daily Podcasts



Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.





Click to comment

You May Also Like


WASHINGTON (FTC / News Release) – The Federal Trade Commission and 17 state attorneys general today sued, Inc. alleging that the online retail...


Department of Defense / News Release: Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced a new security assistance package to support Ukraine’s...


PHOTO CREDIT: JABIN BOTSFORD/THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES Donald Trump’s legal team is attempting to have the federal election subversion case in...


MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – A search warrant executed last week in Morgantown led to the recovery of a large batch of “Rainbow Fentanyl,” a...


President Biden Delivers Remarks on Maui and Hurricane Idalia Response Facebook Comments Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading. Previous...


 Corrine Lund is a nurse who has absolutely had enough of the lies. Lund came forward on “The Stew Peters Show” to reveal what...


Navarrete could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 49 years in prison if convicted of all charges, according to prosecutors An Arizona state senator...


President Biden Holds a Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia Facebook Comments Advertisement. Scroll to continue...


Law&Crime NetworkFri, September 8, 2023 10:30pmURL:Embed: YouTube mom Ruby Franke and her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, were arrested last week after Franke’s 12-year-old son...


The massive search for Gabby Petito after the Florida woman vanished in September and was later found dead in a Wyoming national park has...

Proud Boys

Proud Boys move into counter protester’s staging area as clash continues in park near Portland. Proud Boys and antifa clash in Portland area as...


Law&Crime NetworkTue, September 5, 2023 10:30pmURL:Embed: A 41-year-old mom and famous YouTuber was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly tying up two of her children...