Ryan B. Williams
A Loudoun County grand jury on Tuesday issued a direct indictment for first-degree murder against a Leesburg man accused of shooting a 30-year-old man to death in December in a Sterling neighborhood.
Charges against Ryan Blaine Williams, 32, were dismissed May 24 by Chief General District Court Judge Dean S. Worcester during a preliminary hearing. The case against his co-defendant Linsey B. Hardwick, 23, of Leesburg, was sent to the grand jury for indictment.
Hardwick was indicted June 10.
After charges against Williams were dismissed he remained at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on probation violations, according to Heather Williamson, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
This time, law enforcement and prosecutors went for a direct indictment for Williams.
Williams is set for trial Jan. 6-10 while Hardwick is scheduled to go before a jury Oct. 7-10.
Williams and Hardwick are accused of killing 30-year-old Jovaughn Johnson who was found shot to death in his car about 7 p.m. Dec. 27 in the area of of Great Trail and Trail Run terraces in Sterling.
During the May 24 preliminary hearing, Detective C. Cunningham testified Hardwick said Williams contacted her days prior to Johnson's death and asked her if she could get him a gun. She told investigators she believed Williams needed the weapon for a home invasion or a robbery.
No evidence was provided during the hearing that Hardwick ever provided Williams with a weapon.
Hardwick also told detectives that the day before Johnson's murder she encountered an "amped up" Williams who said to her "Death is a [expletive deleted] up part of life, but everybody has to deal with it," according to Cunningham.
She admitted to driving Williams to Sterling and hearing three gunshots, but said she never saw Williams shoot Johnson. She did however say she saw Williams get back into the car and tuck a gun into his waistband.
The weapon allegedly used to kill Johnson was never recovered.
Following the incident, Hardwick said she drove Williams to Dover, Del. and later to Colonial Beach, Va.
At the time of his Feb. 12 arrest, Williams was already being held on assault and battery charges stemming from a domestic assault in July 2012 and two criminal capias.’
Williams has been arrested on a plethora of charges stemming from as far back as 2005, according to Loudoun County court records.
In April 2012 he was charged with petit larceny and sentenced to 30 days suspended. He was arrested again in January for violating probation from prior felonies, including malicious wounding, possession of a controlled substance, possession of schedule III drugs, identity fraud, possession of marijuana and obstruction of justice.