Shippenville Man Accused of Threatening to Bash Woman’s Head In With Baseball Bat, Then Hide Body
According to court documents, Clarion-based State Police filed criminal charges against 41-year-old Jerry David Willette, of Shippenville, in Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill’s office on May 31.
The charges are the result of an incident involving alleged terroristic threats made by Jerry Willette around 10:30 p.m. on May 29 in Paint Township, Clarion County.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Trooper Cyphert of PSP Clarion, around 2:00 p.m. on May 31, a known woman (witness) arrived at the PSP Clarion barracks to report a terroristic threat incident that occurred on May 29.
The witness reported that around 10:30 p.m. on May 29, David Willette found out that his middle son no longer wanted contact with him. This resulted in Willette becoming enraged and using foul and offensive language towards his ex-wife.
According to the witness, Willette stated that he should have finished the job, referring to a choking incident with his ex-wife where he also attempted to throw her down the steps. Willette then went on to state that “one of these days, I am going to take a baseball bat and bash her skull in,” according to the complaint.
It was at this time that the witness began recording the language and threats used by Willette, the complaint states.
Willette then relayed that “It is a good thing we do not have a baseball bat.” He then stated that he is not (expletive) dumb, if “I ever do anything you or anyone will never know about it, and no one will ever find the body,” the complaint indicates.
Trooper Cyphert contacted Assistant District Attorney Drew Welsh regarding the incident, and charges of terroristic threats were approved.
Willette was arraigned at 3:30 p.m. on May 31 in front of Judge Schill on the following charge:
– Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
Unable to post $30,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on June 11 with Judge Schill presiding.
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