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Verdict could come today in Williams trial

The defense and prosecution rested their cases today in the trial of Kenneth Williams, accused of beating an 81-year-old Port Royal man to death and stealing his wallet.

Closing arguments were scheduled in the Beaufort County Courthouse, with a verdict possibly this afternoon. Williams did not testify.

Williams, 45, and three others — Jenny Lynn Chase, Timothy Skinner and Lisa Schoenemann — went to the home of Jack Koch on Sept. 8, 2007. The other three will be tried on various charges later.

Koch’s son found his father dead several hours after the attack, lying face-down in a pool of blood in the kitchen doorway, according to investigators. Deputy Solicitor Angela McCall-Tanner said the stress of the beating caused Koch to suffer a fatal heart attack.

Williams’ attorney, 14th Circuit Chief Public Defender Gene Hood, said his client was close to Koch and hinted that Skinner attacked Koch.

“(Williams) called Mr. Koch ‘Pops,’ ” Hood said during his opening statement. “He didn’t have a motive. He never wanted to hurt Mr. Koch.”

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