Toledo man arrested, indicted for 2020 Stony Ridge stabbing death

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) – A Toledo man was arrested Thursday, the day after he was charged by a Wood County grand jury on multiple charges of stabbing death in Stony Ridge in July 2020.

Joshua C. Morales, 45, was taken into custody without incident, according to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday, Morales was charged with two counts of murder, a murder charge, a robbery charge and an evidence manipulation charge. He is due to be charged on April 19th.

The charges stem from the stabbing death of Billy L. Hamilton, Sr., 67, who was found stabbed to death in his home. Hamilton used a wheelchair when he lived alone in a maisonette in Stony Ridge.

The indictment states that Hamilton and Morales were acquaintances some time before the incident. Authorities believe Morales devised a plan to rob and murder Hamilton, which he allegedly did on July 8th.

The three cases of aggravated murder and murder were published alternatively, according to a press release. Should Morales be convicted of all three, he would only be convicted of one.

The aggravated murder allegations provide for life imprisonment with the possibility of probation after 20, 25 or 30 years, as determined by the judge. The murder charge provides for life imprisonment with probation after 15 years.

The indictment does not contain any information on the death penalty.

The aggravated charge of robbery is punished with a prison sentence of a maximum of 11 years and the manipulation of evidence with a prison sentence of a maximum of three years.

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