Winchester resident accused of beating a man to death with a bat pleads not guilty

A man accused of beating a Winchester resident to death with a baseball bat pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Clark County District Court.

Andrew S. Williamson, 46, is charged with murder and evidence tampering in the death of Joseph Jones, 54.

According to a uniform citation filed in district court, Winchester police received a call at 11:37 p.m. Monday about an assault at the Winn Avenue apartment where both men lived.

Officers found Jones laying face-up in the parking lot near Williamson's pickup truck. Williamson had used a tarp to drag Jones' body from where he was attacked and "tried to load the body in the back of the truck," the document said.

Williamson was taken to police headquarters and interviewed. He told police he and Jones had gotten into an argument just before the attack, the document said. Williamson admitted he went into the apartment, grabbed a baseball bat and attacked Jones as he sat in a chair on the front porch, according to the citation.

"Williamson used the baseball bat to strike Jones in the head repeatedly," the document said.

Following the arraignment Wednesday, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 26. He was lodged in the Clark County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.