Williams could face death in murder of girl found in landfill


An 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.

A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Ricki D. Williams IV of Lansdowne Boulevard on Thursday on a charge of aggravated murder with death-penalty specifications in the June 23 stabbing death of Gina Burger in the Compass West apartment complex in Austintown.

Williams also faces two counts of kidnapping and aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence and intimidation.

Grand jurors said Williams is eligible for the death penalty because Burger was killed when Williams was purportedly committing another felony, namely kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

Also indicted in Burger’s death is 21-year-old Roneishia Johnson, of Compass West, on a count of obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony. She is charged in helping Williams dispose of Burger’s body.

Williams was arrested on the charges July 1 by U.S. marshals at a home on Lakeview Avenue on the West Side.

Read the complete story in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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