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Jury finds Willie Wilks guilty of aggravated murder

Published: Tue, April 15, 2014 @ 12:28 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A nine-woman, three-man jury today convicted Willie Wilks of all counts and specifications in a capitol murder case after five hours of deliberations.

Wilks, 42, of Elm Street was charged with aggravated murder in the death of Ororo Wilkins, 20, and with felonious assault and attempted aggravated murder in the shooting of Alex Morales 25. Morales survived the shooting.

Wilks, dressed in a black suit and tie, slammed his fist on the defense table after Judge Lou D’Apolito read the verdicts in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

When he was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs, he kicked a hole in the wall and yelled, “I did not do anything.”

Both Wilkins and Morales were shot on the porch of a Park Ave residence May 21, 2013.

Wilks was also charged with attempted aggravated murder for firing a shot at Wilkins’ brother, Willie Wilkins, who was upstairs in the home when police said Wilks appeared with an AK-47 assault rifle.

That shot missed Willie Wilkins.

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1walter_sobchak(2418 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

What a shame... wasting a new suit. I have trouble believing that he used the Queen's English when being hauled out of court.

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2Notorious_Pig(117 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

This story has more Willie Wilks' and Willie Wilkins's than I have ever seen. Everyone is Willie, Willie, or Wilks, or Wilkins. Confusing!

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3NilesOhio(902 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

he kicked a hole in the wall and yelled, “I did not do anything.”

Umm, you just kicked a hole in the wall of a courtroom. With outbursts like that, why should anyone believe that you are innocent?

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4rickking123(322 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I believe he was just practicing his prison vernacular. Most of the inmates there haven't done anything either.

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5DACOUNTRYBOY(726 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

One AK-47 assault rifle and the gun bearer is now off the streets. Short of a presidential pardon or a left wing judge with a soft spot for killers his removal from the streets should be permanent.

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6DSquared(1566 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Time to "Ride the Lightning"!

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7Shot_In_Youngstown(122 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

The video does not show anyone kicking a wall. Mr. Wilks claims he is not guilty, and as a law-abiding citizen he would never damage a county building. As an innocent man he knows all will be revealed at his appeal.
Stan nods in agreement.

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