WAPAKONETA – Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Judge Fred Pepple has taken under advisement a request that bond be reduced for a Waynesfield man accused of murder in the death of his estranged wife nearly 13 months ago.
Brent Williams, 45, was arrested Thursday in connection with the July 2017 death of Erin Mulcahy, whose body was found in a Karen Street apartment in the village of Waynesfield. He was indicted on two counts of murder, each unclassified felonies, and one count of tampering with evidence.
Williams, a 1992 graduate of Waynesfield-Goshen High School, appeared in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Tuesday morning for an arraignment hearing. Through his retained attorney, William Kluge, Williams entered pleas of not guilty to all charges and formally waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial.
Even though negotiations between the defendant and the Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reportedly have been under way for several months, Kluge said additional time was needed to prepare for trial now that formal charges have been filed.
“This case will take some time to investigate. I will have to obtain many more medical records of the decedent” due to unique circumstances of the case, Kluge said.
According to notes contained in the Auglaize County Coroner’s report, Williams was living at 25286 Allen Union Wayne Road in rural Waynesfield at the time of his wife’s death. The landlord of the apartments where Mulcahy resided found the woman nude and lying in a running shower on July 5 of last year. The bathroom floor and rug in Mulcahy’s apartment bathroom were both wet, court documents show. Auglaize County Coroner Thomas Freytag reported the woman died of strangulation and had been lying in the shower for three days before being discovered.
Kluge on Tuesday also asked the court to reduce Williams’ $500,000 bond by half. He said his client has been employed at a Lima business for two years and, if bond could be posted, would reside with his parents in rural Waynesfield.
“Brent came to see me shortly after his wife’s death,” Kluge told the court, “and we have been working with the prosecutor for the last five months. He has had ample opportunity to flee … and he didn’t. He is not a flight risk and he is not a danger to the community.”
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ben Elder argued in favor of leaving Williams’ bond at $500,000. He said the state “has evidence linking the defendant to the crime” and said the evidence “strongly identifies the defendant as the perpetrator of the crime.”
Pepple addressed the defense attorney directly in open court, stating, “Mr. Kluge, to put it bluntly, I am concerned about your client’s well-being. I am concerned for the health and safety of everybody in this community, including the defendant.”
Pepple said he would rule on the bond reduction request in the near future.
Mulcahy and Williams were married April 14, 2016, according to Mulcahy’s obituary. She was a graduate of Elida High School in 2000.
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