Bond set at $1M in stabbing
Man accused in May 6 death of Ontario man at Cyclone Bar
MANSFIELD — A 42-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing a man outside a bar last month is being held on a $1 million cash bond.
Delbert Williams, whose last known address was in Columbus, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday to counts of murder, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools.
Williams is accused of stabbing Joshua W. Merritt, 34, of Ontario, in the chest in the parking lot of the Cyclone Bar and Joez Lounge on Laver Road in the early morning hours of May 6.
Witnesses said there were two women in an altercation who left the Cyclone Bar and brought back two men from the Mansfield Inn. The two men reportedly started a second fight in the parking lot. A family member said Merritt was trying to break up the fight when he was stabbed.
Merritt was pronounced dead after surgery at MedCentral/ Mansfield Hospital.
Williams was arrested several hours after the incident.
Magistrate Garry Dalbey said he set bond at $1 million on the recommendation of the county prosecutor’s office.
Dalbey also ordered Williams to have no contact with the victim’s family or with Jonathan Allen, of Marion, who is charged with obstruction of justice in the case.
Defense attorney Ralph Bove is representing Williams, who has been in trouble before.
He formerly lived in Crestline and stabbed three men there in 1989 and another in 1991. In the first incident, Williams stabbed three men at Crokie’s Tavern. He was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault and was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison.
Williams was released less than two years later. In 1991, he was convicted of aggravated assault after stabbing a man at an apartment complex. Williams received a two- to five-year prison sentence.