Woman Charged With Setting Fire Using Intoxication As A Defense

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

An attorney for a Coralville, Iowa woman charged in a house fire that killed a 14-year-old relative plans to use intoxication as a defense during her trial.

Court documents show the attorney for 50-year-old Lillie Williams filed notices of intoxication and diminished responsibility on Friday in Johnson County District Court.

Williams is charged with first-degree murder in the fire that killed Raymone Bryant in September 2011. Williams' attorney, Sarah Hradek, also filed a motion to move the trial, citing pretrial publicity.

Earlier this week, a judge ruled that Williams' 6-year-old grandson is competent to testify. The boy told authorities that he saw his grandmother pouring gasoline on a pillow and later saw the pillow on fire.

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