Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe on Tuesday modified the bond of Cordale Williams and ordered the alleged trigger man in a downtown shooting to remain in Ohio County if released from jail.
Williams, 32, of Wheeling has been in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville since Wheeling police arrested him June 22 on charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment. As of late Tuesday, he had not yet posted bond.
Williams was adamantly opposed to waiving his preliminary hearing Tuesday, but changed his mind when Radcliffe outlined the possible effect testimony at the hearing could have on his bond.
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Cordale Williams, right, appears in Ohio County Magistrate Court Tuesday with attorney Kevin Neiswonger.
Radcliffe said he was not opposed to modifying Williams' bond if he waived the preliminary hearing.
He went on to say testimony about the alleged crime that could be heard during the hearing, however, could sway him to leave the bond unaltered.
Williams subsequently waived the hearing, and Radcliffe ordered his $70,000 bond changed from cash to corporate surety.
He also ordered Williams to be placed on monitored home confinement if he posts bond.
Ohio County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Ghaphery objected to the bond modification.
Defense attorney Kevin Neiswonger also requested Radcliffe dismiss the charges because Williams did not receive a preliminary hearing within 10 days of being arraigned.
Radcliffe did not rule on that motion Tuesday, but noted there was a delay in the judicial process after two defense attorneys recused themselves from the case, citing conflicts.
Williams allegedly fired a gun at another man during an argument over a woman in the 7-Eleven parking lot at 14th and Market streets about 1:30 a.m. June 22.
Multiple witnesses on the scene identified Williams as the gunman to officers.