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Trial continued for Sterling man charged with murder

The trial of a man charged with first degree murder will be delayed for at least four months, a judge ruled Dec. 20.

Ryan Blaine Williams, 32, of Sterling is accused of shooting 30-year-old Jovaughn Johnson Dec. 27, 2012in Sterling.
Williams' trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 6.

Because the defense was only given certain evidence, including 17 discs of cell phone records, this week, they motioned to continue the trial.

“There is no way we can be prepared by Jan. 6 to properly represent our client,” defense attorney Eric Demetriades said.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Alejandro Amato agreed, explaining that the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office had lost some of the evidence and only recently found and mailed it to the Commonwealth's Attorney's office this week.

Because of a judge shortage, an irritated Judge Burke McCahill noted the case will likely not be able to be heard until June.

McCahill had sharp words for the police department and said he hoped appropriate action would be taken regarding the late delivery of evidence.

“The court is not going to be shoehorned into continuing a case,” McCahill said. “If you're not ready to try your case, don't bring it.”



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