Grand jury set to hear case today
A Mahoning County grand jury today will hear the case of Ricki D. Williams IV, 18, who is charged with the death of 16-year-old Gina Burger.
Williams’ scheduled preliminary hearing Wednesday was canceled so the case can be presented directly 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.
A fundraiser to benefit Struthers Chair and Tent Rental, which suffered a devastating fire May 26, will take place Saturday at the Bowery, 2729 E. Midlothian Blvd. All proceeds will go toward rebuilding the business, which is owned by Joe Lattanzio.
Saturday’s event will begin at 11 a.m. and will include food, music, an auction and 50/50 raffles. Food will be served between 2 and 3 p.m., and the event is expected to last until 8 or 9 p.m.
Donations are being accepted. For information, call 330-469-1369 or 330-755-0839.
These streets will be closed for the Downtown Youngstown Jazz Festival from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday: Market Street and Wick Avenue (on the square) from Commerce to Boardman streets.
The meeting of the Trumbull County Democratic Party Central Committee to select someone to fill the vacant position as Trumbull County commissioner will be 6 p.m. July 21 at DiVieste Banquet Hall, 754 North River Road.
The meeting is open to the public. The person selected to fill the vacancy also will be on the ballot in November to fill the last two years of the term of Paul Heltzel, 69, who died June 30 after a battle with cancer.
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