Case of confessed killer bound over

By Linda Looney-Bond


The case of a homeless man, who police say confessed to killing another man -- also believed to be homeless -- has been bound over to Clayton County Superior Court, according to District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.

Joseph M. Willard, 43, appeared before Chief Magistrate Court Judge Daphne Walker for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, according to Lawson.

"Judge Walker found sufficient probable cause to bind him over with the offense of felony murder, with the underlying felony of aggravated assault," Lawson said.

According to Clayton County Police Capt. Richard Gandee, Willard approached a Henry County Police Detective Oct. 11, and told the officer that he killed a man in October of 2007.

Willard gave specific details about where the body was buried, as well as injuries that could be found on the skeletal remains, according to Gandee.

Police said the details were consistent with the condition of the skeletal remains found in May, near an on-ramp to Interstate 675, at Ga. Highway 138. The victim had not yet been identified, according to police.

Lawson said her office will now prepare the case to go before the grand jury for indictment.