October 1, 2014
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.