NEW CUMBERLAND - The Chester man accused of killing his girlfriend in January 2012 is scheduled to go to trial on Nov. 13, according to documents filed in Hancock County Circuit Court.
Adam McCloud, 35, formerly of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, faces charges of murder and attempted arson in connection with the death of Sara Jean Williams, 37, in their rented Chester home on Jan. 26, 2012. An autopsy determined that Williams, an aide at Allison Elementary School, died of strangulation and blunt force injuries to the head.
Authorities found Williams and McCloud's semi-conscious body in the basement of the Phaeton Avenue home after responding to a report of an odor of gas coming from the house. McCloud was taken to East Liverpool City Hospital and was arrested upon his release about a month later. A grand jury indicted him in May 2012.
Since then, McCloud has been held at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville awaiting trial. A previous trial date was postponed because his attorney, public defender F. William Brogan Jr., requested that McCloud be tested to see if he is mentally competent to stand trial.
McCloud was examined by a psychiatrist and psychologist at West Virginia University's Chestnut Ridge Center in Morgantown in January. Hancock County Prosecutor Jim Davis said McCloud was determined to be mentally competent, meaning he understands the nature of the charges against him and can assist in the preparation of his defense.
A hearing on a motion to suppress evidence is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 29 before Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Martin J. Gaughan.