Police: Man charged with double homicide in Ashtabula after driving victim’s car across state

Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office
Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office(Source: Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 6:21 PM EST
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ASHTABULA, Ohio (WOIO) - Ashtabula County Sheriffs Deputies on Thursday arrested and charged a man in connection to a double homicide in Paulding County after being found driving the victim’s car across the state.

The man called police at around 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 to report his car broke down on U.S. 322 in Orwell Township, Ashtabula County Sheriff William R. Niemi said.

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office confirmed 60-year-old Celecitas Williams and her husband, 81-year-old Bruce Williams, were found dead shortly after 12 p.m. on Nov. 8 after officers performed a welfare check.

The man, identified as 23-year-old Clay Dockery, from Paulding County, was driving a car owned by the victims, according to a Paulding County Sheriff’s Office press release. He later admitted to Ashtabula County officials he killed both victims and stole the car.

Dockery was charged with three felonies, the release said:

  • Two counts of murder, unclassified felonies
  • One count of theft, a fourth-degree felony

Officials confirmed Dockery will go through court proceedings in Ashtabula County before being extradited to Paulding County.

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