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Grand jury indicts Williams for Gina Burger murder

Published: Thu, July 10, 2014 @ 3:28 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A homeless 18-year-old man could face the death penalty if convicted of the murder of a 16-year-old girl who was found in a Mercer County, Pa., waste facility late last month.

A Mahoning County grand jury today indicted Ricki Williams on a charge of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications, for the June 23 stabbing death of Gina Burger in the Compass West apartment complex in Austintown.

Williams also faces counts of kidnapping, abduction, possession of criminal tools, abuse of a corpse and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing.

Grand jurors that Williams is eligible for the death penalty because Burger was murdered when Williams was committing another felony, which is the kidnapping and abduction counts.

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1JS(645 comments)posted 2 months ago

Ricki Williams has two very experienced criminal attorneys working on his behalf. His being sentenced to death is a long shot.

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2jfgiancola(157 comments)posted 2 months ago

Even if he is sentenced to death the odds are against it happening. Look at Danny Lee Hill. He brutally molested and killed someone and he is still alive 29 years later and still appealing his sentence. Our criminal justice system sucks.

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