On July 31 st , 2023 a Knox County Grand Jury indicted Terry T. Barker, age 43 of Mount Vernon on
charges of Aggravated Murder (with a firearm specification) and Weapons under Disability for the May 2 nd ,
2022 death of Paul L. Williams, age 43.
On May 2, 2022 at approximately 11 AM, Mount Vernon Police Officers responded to a call at Ariel
Foundation Park in reference to an unresponsive male subject in a vehicle near the Clock House. Upon
their arrival Officers found Paul L. Williams deceased in his vehicle.
During the investigation it was determined that Williams died from a gunshot wound, and the case was
classified as a homicide. At this time the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) was brought in and
has assisted throughout the investigation.
The decision was made by the Police Department, County Prosecutor’s Office, BCI and the other
agencies involved with the investigation to restrict the publicizing of information regarding this case. This
was done in an attempt to assist the investigators in obtaining information and evidence needed to
successfully conclude this case. This decision was not taken lightly.
In the 14 months following the incident Detectives from the Mount Vernon Police Department, BCI
investigators, Detectives from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the Knox County Prosecutors Office
have put hundreds of man hours into this investigation.
Their dedication and hard work culminated in the indictment of Terry T. Barker for the Aggravated Murder
(with firearms specification) of Paul L. Williams. Barker was also charged with Having Weapons while
The case was presented by County Prosecutor Chip McConville and lead investigator Detective Matthew
Haver from the Mount Vernon Police Department. Many other people and agencies have also contributed
to this successful indictment.
The suspect Barker is currently incarcerated in the Delaware County Jail on unrelated charges.
We should all thank the Officers, Prosecutors, Investigators and others that never stopped working on this
case from day one. I would also like to offer all of our condolences to the family of Paul Williams and
thank them for their patience and understanding during this long, and complicated investigation.
Chief Robert Morgan
Mount Vernon Police Department