A man accused of beating his roommate to death with a baseball bat was indicted Thursday for murder.
Andrew S. Williamson, 46, of 149 Winn Ave. Apt. 1, has been jailed since his Sept. 11 arrest by Winchester Police on murder and tampering with physical evidence charges.
Police said Williamson and 54-year-old Joseph Jones got into an argument late on Sept. 10. During questioning by police, Williamson said he went into his room after the argument, got the bat and returned to the front porch where Jones was. He admitted to hitting Jones in the head several times with the bat.
After Jones died, Williamson said he tried to move the body to the back of the building where his truck was parked. Police believe he was trying to load the body into the truck when they arrived.
There were no eyewitnesses, but statements from residents corroborated Williamson’s account, Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said previously. Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected to be factors in the incident.
The grand jury also indicted a woman for allegedly stabbing a potential roommate in September.
Nancy Spencer, 50, was indicted for first-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and first-degree robbery for a Sept. 5 incident at the home of Lillian Kemplin on Dale Drive. Police said Kemplin was looking for a roommate and let Spencer stay in her home to see if they were compatible. On the morning of Sept. 5, Kemplin and Spencer had an argument but were leaving to eat when Spencer pulled a knife and stabbed Kemplin several times, Winchester Police Sgt. Tom Beall said during Spencer’s preliminary hearing.
Kemplin said Spencer then made her sit on the couch for 4-5 hours. Spencer eventually left and took Kemplin’s cell phone and $55 in cash with her. Kemplin said she ran to a neighbor’s house and called the police.
Officers later found Spencer on Main Street. During her interview with police, Beall said she initially denied even being at Kemplin’s home. She later said she was there to take Kemplin to the grocery and didn’t want to wait.
Spencer is still being held in the Clark County Detention Center.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments Thursday.
— Eric Marcum and Amanda Marcum, first-degree criminal abuse.
— Steven Curtis Edwards, receiving stolen property (misdemeanor).
— Harry Carpenter, flagrant non-support.
— Johnny covington, flagrant non-support, second-degree persistent felony offender.
— Ronnie D. Crowe, attempted theft by deception (misdemeanor).
— Michael J.¿Taulbee, flagrant non-support.
— Joseph Jones, flagrant non-support.
— Christie M. Blythe, flagrant non-support (two counts).
— Aaron Todd, second-degree escape, second-degree persistent felony offender.
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