LIMA — Marchion Williams entered an Allen County courtroom fully aware of her fate. She would be sent to prison for 15 years to life for stabbing to death a Lima man she described as a dear friend.
Williams, 40, and described in official court documents as “homeless,” accepted responsibility for causing the death of Eddie “Joe” McClellan in March of this year at a Fairview Avenue residence in Lima as she appeared Tuesday morning before Allen County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Reed for sentencing.
There was no suspense in the sentence awaiting Williams; Reed had said in September when the woman accepted a plea deal from prosecutors that the sentence she would receive was a mandatory one, prescribed by Ohio law.
But emotions nonetheless ran high in the courtroom as members of McClellan’s family addressed the court, and Williams apologized to McClellan’s family as well as her own.
Ajah Mowery, McClellan’s granddaughter, spoke directly to the defendant and said, “You laughed and joked about what you did to my grandfather. You lived with him and still took his life. Why? He would do anything for anybody.
“He was my best friend. He was everything to me and losing him devastated me,” Mowery said to Williams. “May God have mercy on your soul.”
Shirley Hunt, who said she had a relationship with McClellan for 16 years, also addressed Williams.
“He was a good man. I don’t understand why this happened. I just hope that some day you can feel the pain I’m feeling right now,” Hunt said.
Williams’ attorney, Greg Donohue, said the incident happened because both his client and McClellan were under the influence of drugs and alcohol during an altercation that escalated out of control.
“Mr. McClellan picked up a knife and tried to stab her (Williams) in the arm. Then she stabbed him because he was trying to do bodily harm to her,” the attorney said.
Williams said “everybody lost” because of her actions.
“Joe McClellan was a friend of mine. This was not pre-meditated. This was not something I wanted to happen,” Williams told the court. “He was a good guy. This was just an altercation that went bad.”
Williams apologized to the McClellan family and also to her own.
“I love everybody. God bless,” Williams concluded.
The charges against Williams stem from an incident that took place late on the evening of March 13 or early on March 14 at McClellan’s residence. Police were dispatched to the home shortly after midnight on March 14 in reference to the report of a stabbing incident. Upon their arrival, officers found McClellan, 65, suffering from multiple stab wounds, including one in the chest, according to court documents. He was transported to Lima Memorial Health System, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Police later found Williams at a residence on South Union Street, a location described by one Lima Police Department detective as “a smoke house, a place where people go to smoke crack” cocaine. Williams reportedly had “a large amount of blood on her … and we found Eddie McClellan’s wallet in her pocket” when she was taken into custody, the detective said.
Police say McClellan had allowed Williams to stay at his home for a few days because she was homeless. But when he asked her to leave the home, the pair reportedly began to fight. Williams admitted to police she grabbed a knife and stabbed McClellan out of anger after he ordered her to leave, according to court records.
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