Montclair Woman Charged with Stabbing Boyfriend to Death

Felicia Williams, 37, is charged with aggravated manslaughter for the death of Herbet Warrenton Spriggs, 46, of Montclair.


A Claremont Avenue resident has died from injuries sustained in a stabbing early Sunday morning at his home, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Felicia Williams, 37, allegedly stabbed her boyfriend Herbet Warrenton Spriggs, 46, at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the home located at 285 Claremont Ave. The two were reportedly arguing when Williams allegedly stabbed Spriggs with a knife, according to the prosecutor’s office. 

Spriggs drove himself to Mountainside Hospital, but later died at approximately 4:10 a.m. Sunday, according to authorities. 

The home is situated on a busy suburban street in the heart of Montclair, and blocks away from the township’s municipal building and a church.  

Williams was charged with aggravated manslaughter and weapons offenses. She is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail. 

On Monday, neighbors were hesitant to talk about the incident. 

One neighbor, who requested his name not be used, said there was yellow police tape cordoning off the home on Sunday. The police tape was gone on Monday afternoon. 

Another neighbor, who also asked to remain anonymous, said the police activity was “not common” for the neighborhood. He had seen Williams and Spriggs in the past, but did not recall any previous incidents where police were called to the house. 

“All I know is someone is dead,” he added. 

Big Rooster January 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I dont know what could have occurred Sunday morning. But I wish they could have talked it out. So many will be affected by this.
edward Moran January 15, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Why will so many be affected by this?
chris January 15, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I am sorry but a lot happens on Claremont. Anyone remember that awful story a year or two ago about a dad who drowned his kids and then hung himself on Claremont? Probably a lot of ghosts on that street.
tomzennith@yahoo.com January 16, 2013 at 04:17 AM
@edward Mongan, how would the death of someone not affect so many. Every one has family and friends
MikeM January 16, 2013 at 02:58 PM
This is a shame, a 46 year old man with many years of life ahead of him. If this tragedy happened with the use of a gun the media would have played this story up exponentially. The mayor, and other community leaders, would have made public statements by now. An excuse to expend more public funds would have been facilitated in the name of "we must do something." I doubt a "knife buy back program" would be instituted, nor should there be. The point is that the cause of an act of violence goes way beyond the instrument being used. Mr. Sprigg's death is no less tragic because it happened at the hands of a knife instead of a gun.
ronda williams January 17, 2013 at 12:58 AM
I know this female real good and this is a sad thing her husband just died last year and she only has 1 son i feel so bad for him
l.spriggs January 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Ed people with family do love one another do you have family try to imagine a member of your family were dead .ok now try looking outside of that box . Did you really have to ask .he had family all over that won't see him anymore he was a beautiful person happy go lucky funny guy he was great he was a riot if you met him you never stop laughing herby you will be missed by us .we love you herby R:I:P
melissa January 18, 2013 at 12:15 AM
herb i meet u working for parsons n u wad a great guy..funnny as heck n would do anything u could for anyone...our station breakfasts was the worst..u would say im paying whos running...lol we are gonba miss u big herb...sorry u had to leave us soo soon but we will see u again...RIP herb......
Revolution January 18, 2013 at 03:40 PM
A case of self defense?
shane' March 30, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Felicia was one of my best friends for many years, she has gone through a lot in this relationship as far as abuse. I will continue to stand by her and her family.


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