State High Court Won’t Hear Appeal in Loudoun Murder Case

The Virginia Supreme Court has denied Ryan Blaine Williams’ petition for a new trial on his 2014 convictions for first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Williams was convicted by a jury in June 2014 of fatally shooting Jovaughn Johnson. On Dec. 27, 2012, Williams entered Johnson’s parked SUV at the intersection of Trail Run Terrace and Great Trail Terrace in Sterling and shot him five times. Johnson’s body was found several hours later. It was the only homicide in Loudoun during 2012.

Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne upheld a jury verdict sentencing Williams to life plus three years in prison.

Williams has been incarcerated since his arrest in February 2013.

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