Story by ANDY LYONS, News Editor—
A trial date is set for the second defendant in the shooting death of Warrensburg bar owner William “Blaine” Whitworth.
Ziyad T. Abid, charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, has a pretrial conference scheduled for April 29. The trial is set to begin June 4 at the Johnson County Justice Center.
Reginald L. Singletary, charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, has a pretrial conference scheduled for Aug. 5. His trial is set for Sept. 17-20 at the Johnson County Justice Center.
Abid is being held on a $2 million bond and has not yet bonded out of the Johnson County Jail as of Wednesday evening, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s website.
Singletary is also being held at the Johnson County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Singletary told police after he was arrested that he shot Whitworth with a handgun “at the request of Ziyad T. Abid in exchange for money from Abid,” according to court records.
Abid and Singletary appeared separately for arraignment Oct. 9. Both pleaded not guilty.
Abid’s next hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 18.