CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland man charged with murdering a Salvation Army worker, in addition to attempted murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, burglary, vandalism and grand theft pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.
William Jones, 27, was indicted for murdering Jared Plesec on Dec. 2.
Prosecutors say Jones walked up to Plesec and shot him in the side of the head at point-blank range. Plesec was in his Salvation Army uniform and was holding a bible when he died. Police believe the shooting was racially motivated.
That same morning, Jones was also allegedly involved in a series of carjackings and assaults.
Jones' bond remains set at $5 million and he is not allowed to have any contact with the surviving victims or their families.
He'll be back in court on Dec. 19.