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After a week long trial and a day of deliberation a verdict has come down in the case against a Waynesfield man accused of murdering his estranged wife.
"Under 2903.02 (b), the court finds the defendant, Brent A. Williams, guilty as charged in count two," said Judge Mark O'Connor.
O’Connor found 46-year-old Brent Williams guilty of one count of murder in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court, Tuesday morning. The charge states Williams did cause the death of 35-year-old Erin Mulcahy by way of felonious assault. He was found not guilty on another charge of murder and a charge of tampering with evidence. O’Connor proceeded with sentencing handing Williams the statutory 15 years to life in prison.
In a weeks time, an Auglaize County murder trial has wrapped up leaving the decision to Judge Mark O'Connor.
The trial for Brent Williams didn't end before the defendant took the stand.
He denied killing his estranged wife, Erin Mulcahy and says he was at his parents house during the time she died. He claims he last saw her when they had sex on July 2nd and proceeded to move out. And says the life insurance policy was taken out when he was eligible at work because he didn't want his father-in-law to continue paying health bills. During closing arguments the defense stood by the thought Mulcahy had a seizure from alcohol withdrawal.
Day three of Brent Williams' trial took a few turns, as public officials and acquaintances of Williams and his estranged wife took the stand. It began with the Auglaize County coroner's testimony that Erin Mulcahy's cause of death was strangulation and that she died on July 5th, three days before she was found. Following that, the trial moved into personal matters. Both Mulcahy and Williams were both using the dating app "Plenty of Fish" while separated.
The second day of Brent Williams' trial revealed more details about his estranged wife who was found dead back on July 8, 2017. The morning started with testimonies from law enforcement who responded the night Erin Mulcahy was found in her apartment shower as well as testimony from a toxicologist. Through questions and testimony, it was made aware, Mulcahy may have been an alcoholic attempting to quit drinking. Seizures are a symptom of withdrawal and one law enforcement official testified it's possible she had one in the shower.
Nearly two years after the death of 35-year-old Erin Mulcahy, the trial for her alleged killer, her estranged husband, began Monday. 47-year-old Brent Williams trial began with a twist as he waived his right to a trial by jury. It will now be decided solely by Judge Mark O'Connor. The prosecution called two witnesses, BCI official Mark Hammond and landlord Scott Bowsher. They detailed the scene where Mulcahy was found dead in her shower. Both testified there were no signs of forced entry and Hammond said there was no initial evidence of foul play.
The trial for the Waynesfield man accused of murdering his wife has been set in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.
A Waynesfield man who allegedly murdered his wife was in court for his first pre-trial today in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.