FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF
SUMMIT, OHIO CASE No. CR 2007-08-2540
CAMERON D. WILLIAMS, pro se, Appellant.
BEVAN WALSH, Prosecuting Attorney, and RICHARD S. KASAY,
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY
Defendant-Appellant, Cameron Williams, appeals from the
judgment of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, denying
his motion for leave to file a motion for new trial. This
"This case has a long procedural history which has been
discussed in varying amounts of detail by this Court and the
Supreme Court of Ohio." State v. Williams, 9th
Dist. Summit No. 27101, 2014-Ohio-1608, ¶ 2.
On July 28, 2007, [Mr.] Williams broke into an apartment
rented by Tamara Hughes, his ex-wife, and shot and killed
Darien Polk, whom he found sleeping with her in her bed.
[Mr.] Williams then kidnapped [Ms.] Hughes at gunpoint, took
her to an abandoned home, and engaged in sexual conduct with
her. Akron police arrested him the next day.
State v. Williams, 148 Ohio St.3d 403,
2016-Ohio-7658, ¶ 4. After his arrest, Mr. Williams
confessed to having shot and killed Mr. Polk. He admitted
he entered [Ms.] Hughes' bedroom and was mad when he saw
[Mr.] Polk in "his" bed with [Ms.] Hughes. [Mr.]
Williams stated that he leaned over the bed, put the gun to
[Mr.] Polk's head and pulled the trigger. He stated that
the gun "clicked" without firing, so he pulled the
slide back on the gun to chamber a round and fired 3-4 more
times. [Mr.] Williams stated that [Ms.] Hughes and [Mr.] Polk
had awakened after the gun misfired, that he pushed [Ms.]
Hughes out of the way, and that he kept firing as [Mr.] Polk
rose from the bed and started to approach. [Mr.] Williams
told the police that he "snapped" when he saw [Mr.]
Polk's car and "passed out" and "lost
it" upon seeing [Mr.] Polk in bed. [Mr.] Williams told
the police that, after shooting [Mr.] Polk, he forced [Ms.]
Hughes to get dressed and leave with him. [A] surveillance
video show[ed] that 84 seconds elapsed from the time [Mr.]
Williams entered [Ms.] Hughes' apartment through the
kitchen window until he and [Ms.] Hughes exited the apartment
together through the front door.
State v. Williams, 9th Dist. Summit No. 24169,
2009-Ohio-3162, ¶ 19. Ms. Hughes testified against Mr.
Williams at trial and confirmed that he shot Mr. Polk before
forcing her from her apartment at gunpoint.
Mr. Williams was convicted of aggravated murder, as well as a
number of other counts and specifications. The trial court
sentenced him to life in prison with parole eligibility after
69 years. Over the years, Mr. Williams filed a wealth of
post-judgment motions, including petitions for
post-conviction relief, motions for new trial, and motions
for resentencing. His motions have resulted in six appeals
before this Court and two appeals before the Ohio Supreme
Court. See State v. Williams, 148 Ohio St.3d 403,
2016-Ohio-7658; State ex rel. Williams v. Hunter,
138 Ohio St.3d 511, 2014-Ohio-1022; State v.
Williams, 9th Dist. Summit No. 27963, 2016-Ohio-4943;
State v. Williams, 9th Dist. Summit No. 27482,
2015-Ohio-2632; State v. Williams, 9th Dist. Summit
No. 27101, 2014-Ohio-1608; State v. Williams, 9th
Dist. No. 26353, 2012-Ohio-4140; State v. Williams,
9th Dist. Summit No. 25879, 2011-Ohio-6141; State v.
Williams, 9th Dist. Summit No. 24169, 2009-Ohio-3162.
Relevant to this appeal, Mr. Williams sought leave to file a
motion for new trial on January 23, 2017. The basis for his
motion was that he was actually innocent, his confession was
false, and he had new evidence that Ms. Hughes was the one
who shot and killed Mr. Polk. The State responded in
opposition to his motion for leave, and Mr. Williams filed a
reply brief. The trial court then denied his motion without
holding a hearing.
Mr. Williams now appeals from the court's judgment and
raises two assignments of error for our review. For ease of
analysis, this ...