Hearing continued again for Sterling murder suspects
A preliminary hearing for two charged in connection with the Dec. 27 murder of a Sterling man was continued for a second time today in Loudoun County General District Court.
Ryan B. Williams, 32, formerly of Loudoun County, and Linsey B. Hardwick, 23, of Leesburg, were charged Feb. 12 with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Jovaughn Johnson.
The hearing was continued because Hardwick's court-appointed attorney asked to be taken off the case. The request was granted.
A new hearing date will not be determined until Hardwick is assigned a new attorney.
Hardwick is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center while Williams is at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Both are held without bond.
At the time of his arrest, Williams was already being held on assault and battery charges stemming from a domestic assault in July 2012 and two criminal capias.’ Hardwick is also held on possession of narcotics charges.
The preliminary hearing would have provided some insight into why the two were charged in connection with the crime. So far authorities have been tight-lipped on how the two knew Johnson and their motive for the shooting.
Johnson, 30, was found dead in his car about 7 p.m. Dec. 27 as deputies responded to a call from someone who asked that they check the community's welfare.
Subsequent investigations led detectives to several areas in Virginia and other neighboring states, Liz Mills, spokesperson for the sheriff's office said at the time of the arrests.
At the time of the arrests, detectives declined to answer further questions about the case.
The questions, according Mills, were investigative in nature and some answers would jeopardize the ongoing investigation.