Attorney will not represent 18-year-old charged with beating elderly man, bail review adjourned

Romeo Williams

Romeo Williams, the 18-year-old who is accused of attacking 70-year-old James Gifford, appeared in court Tuesday morning for a scheduled bail review before Judge Joseph Fahey.

Judge Fahey postponed the bail review after being informed that Williamsâ?? attorney, James McGraw, has decided not to represent him. The review was adjourned in absence of an attorney.

Judge Fahey appointed Charles Keller to represent Williams.

Williams, who has an extensive criminal record, is charged with second degree assault. Heâ??s accused of hitting Gifford so hard that he fell unconscious to the pavement of the parking lot of the 7-Eleven on Valley Drive in Syracuse on Saturday morning.

Police Chief Frank Fowler says that after the attack, Romeo Williams went inside the store and was "celebrating" what he had just done. Fowler says Romeo Williams then went back outside and resumed the savage attack on Gifford until his four acquaintances pulled him away and fled.

On Monday, Syracuse City Court Judge Vanessa Bogan set Williamsâ?? bail at 100,000 cash or bond. The Onondaga District Attorneyâ??s Office requested bail to be set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

The Onondaga County District Attorneyâ??s Office said Monday that the case will go before a Grand Jury and additional charges against Williams may be pending.