Jury trial for accused shooter on for late July

By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com

WILMINGTON — A jury trial still on for another accused shooter.

On Thursday in Clinton County Common Pleas Court, Judge John “Tim” Rudduck kept the July 28 start date for Joshua Lee Cordell Williams’ four-day jury trial.

Rudduck gave Williams’ appointed defense counsel — Katherine Soto and Kirk McVay — until July 1 to file any pretrial motions. A hearing regarding the motions is scheduled for July 10.

Williams, 18, appearing via video conference from the Clinton County Jail, is charged with alleged murder.

Williams, along with Christian Terry, 22, Kevin Lane Noe Jr., 21, and Corey Ruffner, 22 — all currently incarcerated in the Clinton County Jail — are suspected of being involved in the shooting death of 23-year-old Layne Hall.

Court documents state that the victim and three of the suspects allegedly rode in a car together to meet someone at the Brownberry Apartments parking lot; soon after the four arrived, the person they were to meet — allegedly Williams — pulled up in a car, and shortly after that is when gunfire was heard.

Although court documents don’t allege that Terry, Noe or Ruffner purposely killed Hall, it alleges that if they had not taken part in initiating an alleged robbery, the death would not have occurred.

Williams is suspected of directly causing Hall’s death. Clinton County Prosecutor Richard Moyer said during the indictment that the charge against Williams — unlike the charges against the other three — alleges the “purposeful killing of another” as a direct consequence of his own action.

During an appearance in Clinton County Municipal Court in January, Williams told Judge Mike Daugherty, “I want to tell the whole truth.”


By John Hamilton


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