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State v. Williams

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Ninth District, Summit

November 8, 2017

STATE OF OHIO Appellee
v.
CAMERON D. WILLIAMS Appellant

         APPEAL 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.

          SHERRI BEVAN WALSH, Prosecuting Attorney, and RICHARD S. KASAY, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.

          DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY

          TEODOSIO, JUDGE.

         {¶1} 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 Court affirms.

         I.

         {¶2} "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 that

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.

         {¶3} 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.

         {¶4} 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.

         {¶5} Mr. Williams now appeals from the court's judgment and raises two assignments of error for our review. For ease of analysis, this ...


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