WAPAKONETA — Attorneys in the case of Brent Williams, the Waynesfield man charged with murder in the July 2017 death of his estranged wife, huddled briefly in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court on Thursday morning in anticipation of the man’s June 3 jury trial.
With retired Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O’Connor sitting by assignment of the Ohio Supreme Court, the parties — assistant prosecuting attorney Ben Elder and defense attorney William Kluge — tied up a few loose ends surrounding the case. After conferring with the attorneys, O’Connor found “no reason not to proceed to trial” on the previously agreed-upon date.
A final pre-trial hearing was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 20.
Williams, 46, of Waynesfield, was arrested in July of 2018 in connection with the death one year earlier of Erin Mulcahy, whose body was found in a Karen Street apartment in the village of Waynesfield. Mulcahy and Williams married April 14, 2016, records show. She was a 2000 graduate of Elida High School.
Williams was charged with two counts of murder, unclassified felonies, and one count of tampering with evidence.
Ten days have been set aside on the court’s docket for jurors to hear the case.
Williams is free on $500,000 bond.
Williams is facing the murder charges under two different Ohio Revised Code murder statutes; one with wording pertaining to murder of an individual or the unlawful termination of pregnancy and the other without the pregnancy wording.
According to court documents, 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, 2017. The bathroom floor and rug in Mulcahy’s apartment bathroom were both wet, according to court documents.
Auglaize County Coroner Thomas Freytag reported the woman died of strangulation and had been lying in the shower for three days before being discovered.