Hearing delayed for suspect in Gina Burger death

AUSTINTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury Thursday will hear the case of Ricki D. Williams IV, 18, who is charged with the death of 16-year-old Gina Burger.

William’s scheduled preliminary hearing today was canceled so the case can be direct presented to the grand jury.

Ken Cardinal, an assistant county prosecutor, said the state will present its case to the grand jurors “to allow them to indict this individual on crimes which he may or may not have committed, but we have every intention to seek a murder conviction and death-penalty specification, if the grand jury sees fit.”

Williams appeared in Mahoning County Area Court with lawyer David Taylor, and his family was with Atty. Thomas Zena, who would be an additional lawyer for Williams if the death-penalty specification is added.

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

Police believe Williams used a knife to kill Burger on June 23 and then placed her body in a trash bin outside a township apartment complex June 24. Her body was found June 25 in a Tri-County Industries landfill in Grove City, Pa.

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