Augusta man faces second murder trial this week

 

With the chance to identify the man accused of killing his father, 9-year-old Joseph Williams III took the stand Monday and did just that.

“That’s the man who shot my dad,” Joseph testified in Richmond County Superior Court. The man he identified was Seth Joseph Rouzan.

Rouzan, 28, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and weapon violations.

Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter told the jury in his opening statement Monday that he wasn’t sure if Joseph would be able to identify Rouzan more than a year after the fatal shooting, but he picked him out of a photographic lineup within days of the killing.

On the afternoon of Aug. 21, 2012, Joseph Williams II, 64, was gunned down in front of his son outside his apartment building on First Street.

Rouzan’s arrest in Williams’ death occurred three years after he pleaded guilty in another homicide case. In July 2009, Rouzan pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and burglary for the Dec. 12, 2006, killing of 39-year-old Jeffrey Labord.

The negotiated plea sentence was five years incarceration followed by 15 years probation.

The jury this week will hear evidence about Labord’s killing, including DNA evidence that matched blood found on Rouzan’s shoes to Labord.

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