A teenager charged with being an accessory to murder over the doorstop shooting death of Glenn Walewicz, which has previously been alleged to be a case of mistaken identity, is the second person to be committed to trial over the case.
Jayden Douglas Williams, who is in custody, appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court by phone on Wednesday (26 October), where his lawyer, Kat Duffy of Andrew Byrnes Law Group, confirmed he would fight his charges.
When the 19-year-old from Glen Innes, NSW, was asked to confirm his pleas when charges of conspiracy and accessory to murder were read out, he replied, “not guilty”.
The charges allege he conspired with Nicole Williams and a 17-year-old boy to commit a burglary over 10-11 June 2021, as well as that he assisted the pair to escape apprehension knowing the boy had allegedly committed murder.
Special Magistrate Margaret Hunter remanded Mr Williams in custody and committed him to the Supreme Court for trial, with his first appearance in the higher court on 3 November.
Mr Walewicz, 48, was shot on the doorstep of his Mansfield Place townhouse in Phillip in June 2021, shortly after a group of people knocked on his door.
Gary Taylor, the older of two charged with murder over his death, was the first of the five defendants to enter a guilty plea. The 24-year-old from Baradine, NSW, will be sentenced in the future.
During her failed bail application in September, the court heard she was accused of being the “architect” behind a “botched home invasion” that led to Mr Walewicz’s death.
It was alleged that Taylor and the 17-year-old had gone out that night at her “behest” to “run through” two drug dealers, but they went to the wrong home.
“Mr Walewicz was completely innocent with nothing to do with the drug trade,” prosecutor Anthony Williamson said at the time.
While the 17-year-old is now 18, he cannot be named due to his age at the time of the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and his case will appear in court again this month.
A 19-year-old Dunlop man, Reatile Ncube, has also been charged with being an accessory to murder. His case returns to court on 1 November.