Raw: Amanda Williams killer gets life during emotional sentencing

Key insights

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Phones must be turned off in the courtroom to maintain order and ensure no interruptions during proceedings.

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The court emphasizes the importance of courtroom decorum, with the sheriff's deputies authorized to maintain security and act against any disruptions.

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The defendant, Terell Edwards, faces sentencing after being found not guilty of aggravated murder but guilty of two counts of murder with firearm specifications, two counts of felonious assault with firearm specifications, and one count of domestic violence.

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The prosecution and defense discuss the legal concept of "merger," where certain charges combine for sentencing purposes, and select which charges to proceed on for sentencing.

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A motion by the defense to set aside the verdict and enter judgment of acquittal based on rule 29 is presented but ultimately denied by the judge after hearing arguments from both sides.

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Family members and friends of Amanda Williams, the victim, express their profound grief and loss, emphasizing Amanda's importance to their lives and the impact of her death on the family and community.

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The court sentences Terell Edwards to life with parole eligibility after serving full 15 years plus additional time for firearm specifications, highlighting the severe consequences of his actions.

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Q&A

What are the courtroom decorum expectations?

Phones must be turned off, and proper courtroom decorum is expected at all times, with the sheriff's deputies enforcing security.

What was the jury's verdict for Terell Edwards?

Terell Edwards was found not guilty of aggravated murder (count one) but guilty of the remaining counts, including two counts of murder with firearm specifications, two counts of felonious assault with firearm specifications, and one count of domestic violence.

What is the significance of firearm specifications in sentencing?

Firearm specifications require separate prison terms for each of the two most serious specifications, acknowledging the use of firearms in violent crimes carries a hefty penalty.

How did the defense motion to set aside the verdict argue?

The defense argued that based on all evidence produced at trial, the state had not met their burden. However, this motion was denied by the judge.

Timestamped Summary

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00:00 Phones must be turned off, and proper courtroom decorum is expected. Sheriff's deputies are in charge of security and have full authority to act appropriately.

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00:43 All phones must be off and put away.

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01:28 For the record, we are here in the matter of the State of Ohio vs. Terrell Edwards for sentencing.

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01:51 Jury returned verdicts of not guilty to count one (aggravated murder) but guilty to the remaining counts including murder with firearm specifications, felonious assault with firearm specifications, and domestic violence.

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06:40 The court did not have the benefit of a pre-sentence investigation report but felt sufficient information was available to make a decision.

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07:08 Discussion on the concept of merger and which counts merge for the purpose of sentencing.

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10:05 The court discusses firearm specifications and the requirement for consecutive sentencing for the two most serious specifications.

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10:20 Discussion of the defendant's motion to set aside the verdict and enter judgment of acquittal pursuant to criminal rule 29(c).

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12:22 The government argues against the motion, highlighting inconsistencies in the defendant's story and lack of credibility.

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18:37 The court denies the defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal.

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35:20 Amanda Williams' family members express their grief and the impact of her loss during their statements to the court.

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46:00 Reading of a victim impact statement from Amanda Williams' son, emphasizing the profound loss and missed future milestones.

50:01 The court reviews the requirements for the defendant to register as a violent offender.

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54:06 Sentencing: Life with parole eligibility after 24 years, including firearm specifications, with a mandate for the defendant to register as a violent offender.

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