Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams made a last-minute legal maneuver to avoid having to testify at a sentencing hearing Tuesday about the murder of a state social worker. That comes a week after a Seven Days story questioned a key detail in published accounts about Williams’ heroic response to the shooting.
Williams was slated to take the witness stand on the second day of Jody Herring’s sentencing hearing in Washington Superior Court. Herring’s defense attorneys had subpoenaed him to testify.
But at the last minute, Williams filed a motion to quash the subpoena and avoid testifying.
Lawyers and Judge John Pacht retreated behind closed doors to discuss the motion. When they came back into the courtroom, Pacht, citing “reasons that implicate privacy and confidentiality concerns,” temporarily granted Williams’ request. The judge made additional reference to “Mr. Williams’ circumstances at this point” and agreed to seal related documents.