June trial scheduled for 4 men indicted for Dayton public corruption

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 4:30 PM

Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams is among four people indicted today on corruption and fraud charges, according to federal court documents.

4:29 P.M. UPDATE: A trial date of June 24 and other calendar items were set Thursday for the four men indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court related to a federal public corruption investigation.

RoShawn Winburn, Clayton Luckie, Joey Williams and Brian Higgins all are scheduled for a jury trial that day, according to the docket after today’s scheduling conferences in front of U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose.

Other common deadlines set include discovery by May 20 and motions by May 31. The final pretrial conferences are May 31 for Higgins, June 3 for Luckie, June 4 for Winburn and June 5 for Williams.

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“Unless a motion to continue has been filed or some other action or motion … has occurred, that would exclude the computing of time within which trial must commence, the parties are required to fully comply with the requirements and deadlines contained in this order,” the docket entries state.

All the docket entries include similar language about any possible plea deals.

“Plea agreement discussions between the Assistant United States Attorney and counsel for the defendant pursuant to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure shall be commenced as soon as practicable,” the entries say. “If a plea agreement is reached, counsel shall notify the Court and submit said plea agreement. A change of plea hearing shall be scheduled soon thereafter.”

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ORIGINAL STORY:

The attorneys for the four Dayton indicted on public corruption-related charges are scheduled to appear today in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams, ex-state lawmaker Clayton Luckie, Dayton city employee RoShawn Winburn and business owner Brian Higgins are not required — nor expected — to attend pretrial conferences in the chambers of U.S. District Court Judge Rose.

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All four defendants have pleaded not guilty.

At 1:30 p.m., Winburn’s lawyers — David Greer and David Williamson — are scheduled to meet with Rose. Winburn has been indicted on counts of honest services wire fraud, corruptly soliciting a bribe and making a false statement.

At 2 p.m., Luckie’s attorney — Aaron Durden — is scheduled to meet with Rose. Luckie has been indicted on counts of mail fraud and wire fraud.

At 3 p.m., Higgins’ lawyer — Anthony Cicero — is scheduled for a pretrial conference with Rose. Higgins was indicted on counts of mail fraud and wire fraud.

At 4 p.m., Williams’ attorney — Patrick Hanley — is scheduled to meet with Rose. Williams indicted on a count of corruptly soliciting a bribe.

Federal officials said a covert, long-term investigation by agents into suspected public corruption in the Dayton area led to the federal charges.

Prosecutors said more indictments are likely.

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