Alvin Enns was in court with Williford and his father almost 12 years ago.
It was just a few months after Williford broke into Enns' home, a few blocks from his own home in the Stonehenge Subdivision.
"The thing that struck me about him was just how blank his expression was ... and it was just weird," Enns said.
Weird is a word that comes up often when Enns talks about the 1998 break-in. He says he found it weird that Williford broke in, but stole nothing, drank a soda from the refrigerator, watched TV and used the telephone.
"Two or three hundred dollars worth of '900' calls, all sex numbers," Enns said. "I thought that he just needed some privacy for some, for whatever weird things he was interested in."
Between then and now, Williford racked up a number of pot, probation violation and traffic charges.
He also got a second burglary charge when he shattered the window of a north Raleigh house and crawled inside.
Williford's friends say he was simply drunk and thought he was at his rental home which looks very similar and is right next door.
It certainly wasn't as weird as the break-in at Enns house.
"There was a piece of feces on the living room floor and I just cleaned it up as best as I could that was the weirdest thing."
Williford's friends say he only got in trouble when he was drinking and that he had a drinking problem, recently falling off the wagon after trying to quit.
It may be a glimpse at a possible defense especially if the DNA evidence proves to be solid as sources say it is.