According to trial evidence, Osie killed Williams to protect his girlfriend from possible theft charges. He then took items from Williams’ Yankee Road residence to make the slaying look like a botched burglary.
Williams, who was disabled and suffered from debilitating tremors, was stabbed, punched and stomped 23 times, according to evidence presented at trial.
Osie’s attorneys had argued his rights were violated by 19 errors during trial, including: the admission of hearsay statements from Williams’ business partner; Osie was not given the chance to make a statement during sentencing; and the prosecution failed to show he purposely killed Williams, thus the murder charge should not have been elevated to the possibility of a death sentence.
In October, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Sage denied Osie’s motion filed with the trial court for new trial or sentencing hearing. In that post conviction relief motion, Osie’s appellate attorney argued his trial counsel were ineffective for failing to present expert psychological evidence concerning his neurological impairment and for failing to investigate and present mitigating evidence regarding his character, history and extensive history of substance abuse.
The post-conviction relief motion has been appeal to the 12th District Court of Appeals.