Charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Bladyn Skaggs –
By Patricia Beech –
An Adams County grand jury on Tuesday, May 29 voted to indict Jesse Lee Williams on charges that he allegedly caused the death of a 17-year Peebles resident, Bladyn Skaggs.
The indictment, which was expected, was handed down just one week after the 20-year-old Williams was arrested by Adams County Sheriff’s Deputies for allegedly shooting and killing Skaggs on May 22.
According to court records, he was indicted on three separate counts.
In Count One, Williams is charged with murder for “purposely causing the death of Blaydn Skaggs” with a Special Felony specification that he had a firearm on or about his person or under his control while committing the offense, which is in violation of Title 29 of the Ohio Revised Code.
In Count Two, Williams is charged with murder for purposely causing Skagg’s death “as a proximate result of of attempting to commit an offense that is a felony,” but not a violation of the Ohio Revised Code.
The grand jury further specified that Williams “had a firearm on or about his person or under his control while committing the offense and displayed the firearm, brandished the firearm, indicated that he possessed the firearm or used it to facilitate the offense” in violation of Title 29 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Count Three charges Williams with “tampering with evidence”. Court documents state that he “did knowing that an official proceeding or investigation is in progress, or is about to be or likely to be instituted, did alter, destroy, conceal, or remove any record, document, or thing, with purpose to impair its value or availability as evidence in such proceeding or investigation”.
Williams is being held in the Adams County jail on $500,000 bond. His pretrial hearing is set for June, 22 at 1 p.m. with Common Pleas Judge Brett Spencer presiding.