Trial to begin Monday for Harrison County murder charge

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The Harrison County man accused in a 2018 beating death goes to trial this week before Harrison Circuit Judge Thomas A. Bedell.

Anthony James “A.J.” Williams, 33, of Clarksburg, pleaded innocent to a charge of second-degree murder.

His case was granted continuance earlier this year, as the state has not yet received an autopsy report from the office of Chief Medical Examiner Allen Mock.

After a preliminary autopsy, Clarksburg Police said Rodney Lee Long, Jr., 47, of Clarksburg, was the victim of a physical attack June 18, 2018, in the Arbutus Park section of Clarksburg. Long was found unresponsive at the scene and later died as a result of his injuries.

If convicted, Williams could face anywhere between 10 to 40 years in prison for a charge of second-degree murder.





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