UPDATED | Williams could face death penalty for Burger murder


Ricki D. Williams IV, 18 of Youngstown, arrested in connection with Gina Burger’s death, was given a $750,000 bond on multiple felony charges today.

Williams faces felony charges of aggravated murder, two counts of kidnapping, intimidation, tampering with evidence, two counts of abduction, possession of criminal tools, abuse of corpse, and one misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass.

While he could not enter a plea to the many felony charges at this morning’s arraignment, he entered a plea of not guilty on the criminal trespass charge.

According to the police report, Williams burglarized a Youngstown home on June 23 and stole a vehicle from that home that he then drove to 987 Compass West Apartments.

The victim of the theft found his vehicle in the rear of the apartments with Williams still in the vehicle. The two exchanged words and Williams made threats that he had a gun with him. The incident was reported to detectives June 27.

That same night Williams is alleged to have killed Burger in the apartment complex.

U.S. Marshals apprehended Williams on the criminal trespass charge on Lakeview Avenue on Youngstown’s West Side Tuesday night.

According to a criminal activity report given by Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Ken Cardinal, Williams admitted to taking part in the stabbing of and disposal of Gina Burger’s body at 987 Compass West on June 23.

Cardinal said he was going to ask the grand jury for the death penalty in the case.

“His purpose was to kill someone that night,” Cardinal said.

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