Accused Greyhound Dog Killer Enters 'Not Guilty' Plea

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email

Chipley - A Washington County man accused of killing more than 30 Greyhound racing dogs now has legal representation.

A judge appointed a public defender for 36 year old Ronald Williams Monday morning, as he plead 'not guilty' to 42 counts of felony animal cruelty.

The charges stem from the October 29th discovery of dozens of dead dogs at an Ebro Greyhound Park kennel.

36 year old Ronald Williams walked into the Washington County Courtroom Monday without any legal representation.

And he didn't seem too concerned about the 42 counts of animal cruelty he is currently facing.

"32 counts of felony cruelty to animals and in case number 414, ten counts of felony cruelty to animals," says Assistant State Attorney Erin Oliver.

Authorities arrested Williams on October 29th after they found 32 dead greyhounds in the Ebro Greyhound Park kennel that was assigned to him.

Necropsies found the animals died from starvation and dehydration.

The case has sparked outrage from animal rights groups who are demanding Williams receive the maximum punishment.

Monday morning Williams told Circuit Judge Allen Register he could not afford an attorney.

"Do you have a bank account?"

"No sir," he replied.

"Do you own any stocks, bonds or any type of investment?

"No sir."

But before he was arrested, Williams was making a decent paycheck.

"Prior to being arrested, what was your weekly or bi-weekly income?"

" depends...somewhere around a thousand, fifteen hundred a week."

Judge Register then appointed a public defender and accepted his 'not guilty' plea.

His next court date will be a pre-trial hearing on February 11th.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office is conducting its own investigation into whether Williams is connected to the death of eight Greyhounds found under the Highway 20 bridge.

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  • by Jo Location: Montgomery, AL on Apr 8, 2011 at 06:35 AM
    Has anyone heard the results of his pre-trial hearing that was suppose to have taken place yesterday, 7 April? I have seen nothing on it on the Internet. No news on what happened, if it took place as scheduled, No news, period. If anyone out there knows anything, I would really appreciate hearing about it as I am sure others would. Thanks
  • by Nancy Location: St. Louis on Feb 12, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    That this scourge is bemoaning his financial situation and his fate, after the atrocities he committed, defies logic. Given his actions, however, logic is not something he ever employed.
  • by Nancy Location: Tallahassee on Feb 7, 2011 at 04:28 PM
    We now have our seventh saved greythound..those who have ever been owned by one don't need any lecture defending Williams. No wonder you sign your name anonymous. Come out of the closet and tell everyone your name and where you get all your info. Maybe you're in there with Williams. I don't have any use for people who talk through a hole in their head or even lower. You can't tell me anything about this heinous act and the industry in general that I don't already know.
  • by Lynn Location: MA on Jan 2, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    Why is LARRY comparing the "plight" of greyhounds to wild animals who are eaten by other wild animals????? How about we compare the "plight" of greyhounds to poodles and labrador retrievors???They are not confined while muzzeled; they are not raced in all kinds of weather. What is the comparison? Logical it is not!
  • by LYnn & Bob Rapa Location: MA on Jan 2, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Mr. Williams appears to have fed himself well but but could not feed the dogs food at the kennel at NO cost to HIM! This is a high act of cruelty. I have 4 ex-racers and they are wonderful, docile, intelligent dogs who should now be living happy adoptives lives. Mr. W. earned $1000 to $1500/wk. Shame ON YOU for doing this and he should be punished to the fullest extend of the law! This is disgusting.
  • by Deb Location: New Hampshire on Dec 23, 2010 at 03:08 AM
    Anonymous - There is a huge difference between putting animals down and letting them starve to death or die by dehydration. Putting animals down is usually done through a relatively painless shot and is over and done with quickly. Dying from dehydration can take days and is an agonizing process. Putting down dogs is one thing, letting them die an agonizing death is another. A life is a life. Treat it with respect. Your argument is faulty in the fact that you are comparing humans to animals, for one thing, and for the fact that you are comparing death by euthanasia to death by dehydration. Neither is a fair and equal comparison.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    Anonomyous- where excactly did you find that the other trainers made accusations that he mistreated his animals? And no i am not condoning him one bit i am simply saying there is more to the story than he killed a bunch of dogs. Nobody knows what really happen and there is way more to the story than just what the media and people portray. He deserves to be punished but they are letting people go on probation for molestion of children under the age of 12, those are the monsters we should worry about. these dogs had life but they were not someones son or daughter or mom or dad, etc. he is in a small town where everybody talks and everyone is kin to each other, the sysytem is not fair these days. This happens everyday in the dog world, just not in the extreme but death is death. No dog deserves to die- by euthinazion or not. So the other dog people are not completely innocent either. i am not saying that everyone puts down hounds but many owners, breeders, trainers, etc in the business do.
  • by Elaine Location: UK on Dec 10, 2010 at 01:14 AM
    Its a disgrace, maybe he should be subjected to the same cruelty as the hounds, then see how he feels ... Greyhound racing should be regulated an all greyhounds should be on a register then we can track them far too many " go missing " or are left too die !!!!!
  • by Janice Location: Colorado GH Country on Dec 9, 2010 at 09:43 PM
    I am sick to my stomach that anyone could find a way to justify the way these animals died. Their lives were already hell and to be humanely euthanized would have been better than what they received. However, niether of those options was even remotely necessary and the aggravated circumstances of duct taping necks and allowing starvation and dehydration are unconscionable. This guy is a psychopath, if not by diagnosis, at least by definition. ANYONE who can condone his actions is in the same category as he and should be watched very carefully. I hope someone knows some of the people making these comments of understanding and are able to make sure that they are carefully watched. They will be next, they will claim "not guilty" and they will see nothing wrong with their actions. This is an outrage and an example of unquestionable cruelty and abuse. No one I know would allow treatment, such as that which is endured by these racers, to any animal that they even know, no less own.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 at 07:54 PM
    Anonymous- you pretty much cemented my argument, thank you. So in other words, because Mr. Williams was broke it's okay for him to DUCTAPE the dogs' necks and mouths????? I saw the pictures of what he did to those dogs, and I would go without food myself before I would inflict such torture on another living creature. There is no excuse to allow that type of situation to happen. And my accusations about Mr. Williams come from Mr. Hess' statements to public news sources. While I'm sure he would lie to cover himself, don't think for one second I'm just pulling that information out of the sky. Also, other trainers made statements to the media that Mr. Williams mistreated his animals. If he couldn't afford to race greyhounds, then maybe he should've considered another line of work. Those dogs would be alive if he would've contacted a greyhound rescue. To say that not everyone wants a greyhound is a ridiculous argument. Why not at least give them a chance at finding a home??
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