On the night of April 5, 2018, Appomattox County resident Lisa Simone Henderson was brutally murdered in a wooded area of Concord at the age of 22, suffering nine gunshot wounds in what the attorney for the Commonwealth of Campbell County Paul McAndrews called it an “execution” carried out in “cold blood” with no reason given by his killer.
Henderson was killed by her boyfriend, Marquie Brandon Williams, who was sentenced to life for his crime without the possibility of parole. Co-defendant Felix Jerome Jefferson III was sentenced to 40 years with a 20-year suspended sentence.
The case received extensive media coverage at the time – and now, almost four years later, it will be featured on the national television series Fatal attraction on the TV One network.
The episode titled “Devil In Disguise” will air on Monday, January 31 at 9 p.m. It can be found on Direct TV Channel 328, Dish Network channel 678, the Philo internet streaming site and the TV One app downloadable from Google Play.
the “Devil In Disguise” log line reads: “When a nursing student goes missing, suspicion immediately falls on her boyfriend and the other woman in her life; police struggle to identify a suspect until a guilty conscience leads them to his body – and his killer.
Henderson’s mother, Sandra, along with her two brothers and several family members and friends taped filmed interviews for the episode over two days in July 2021 at the Homewood Suites by Hilton located on Wards Road in Lynchburg. As is the classic norm in documentary-style programming, interview clips will be mixed with scenes from the story.
Sandra doesn’t know who else got to meet the Fatal Attraction crew (about half a dozen people she called “very nice”) and has yet to see the final production. The camera lights were hot, but the crew was very helpful with makeup, serving refreshments and providing comfort.
While the story is certainly worth telling to a wider audience, the filming process for it was a bit nerve-wracking and emotional.
“They asked a few questions about how I felt and ‘How do you think she felt?’ and it upset me a bit, I started to cry… They said some of the questions might be a bit difficult, like ‘If you saw him today, what would you do?’ There are feelings that came back,” she said.
Lisa’s portrayal is of a young actress named Bre’Ana Nix, who she says The profile page has appeared in five previous film productions. Sandra has never met Nix personally, but said her cousin knows a friend of Nix’s.
Although Sandra had seen episodes of Fatal Attraction in the past when she lived in North Carolina, she initially thought the cell phone and emails of the show’s staff were spam until that she is told otherwise by someone known to her boyfriend.
Now that the tragic story of her only daughter is about to be seen on TV, Sandra has understandable apprehension about having to see a re-enactment of the murder – whatever form that might take in the film. ‘episode.
“I didn’t think about it at first, but now that the day is getting closer and I just realized – I sat in my car during the (work) break and realized that I might have to watching my daughter get killed, seeing how she was killed, and I never thought about it. I only thought about it when I visualized her, her lying on the floor and everything, but I’m really going to watch it and I don’t know if I can handle it,” she said.
Sandra has gone so far as to take a week off to give herself time to work through any trauma she may be going through. After all, Lisa’s death still seems raw in her mind – and she still begs the question of “why” Lisa’s boyfriend killed himself.
“I’m still going through that; I still have my good days and I still have my bad days,” she said. “I’m just going to drive and all of a sudden I’m just going to cry. I don’t cry as much as I used to but it still hurts, and I still wonder why, why? I said that and I said I felt like (Williams) could have done something else, could have walked away, could have done something. (He) didn’t have to do that.
“I think I can get her story out there and I think maybe that can bring me closure because I’m not letting her go,” Sandra added. “I can’t let her go – just the way it happened and she didn’t deserve this, she didn’t deserve to die like this. If (Williams) hated her so much, he should have stayed away from her. What would put so much hate in his heart like that? And when he loved her – he said he loved her – that’s why I say he was nothing but a demon in disguise.
While Sandra still believes that many people have good hearts, her daughter’s murder erased any naivety she may have had towards humanity as a whole.
“I didn’t think people were crazy, but now I really know,” she said. “I always try to keep the best thinking in people, I try to look at the good in people, but people are crazy. It’s the devil’s world too – I mean they’ve got them all there .
As painful as it may be for her, her family and friends, Sandra hopes the episode featuring Lisa will serve as a warning to other girls who see bad signs in a relationship.
“I feel like she had signs — there were probably things going on that she never told me about,” she said. “I hope a girl like that can see that. If (a man is) violent and you are half afraid of him, you must leave him. You need to tell someone – get the authorities or your parents – get someone involved and just leave it. Put a restraining order out there on him – everything – you have to do it. Once they show you their bad side, no, you can’t be with them – you can’t be with people like that.