Coralville Woman Wants Murder Trial Moved
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A Coralville woman charged in a house fire that killed a 14-year-old relative wants her trial moved out of Johnson County and the surrounding area.
Fifty-year-old Lillie Williams is charged with first-degree murder in the fire that killed Raymone Bryant in September 2011.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says Williams' attorney has filed a motion for a change of venue, citing pre-trial publicity. Prosecutors are resisting the move.
A judge hasn't ruled on the motion. A hearing is set for Friday. Williams' trial is set for Oct. 23.
Meanwhile, the judge ruled Wednesday that Williams' 6-year-old grandson is competent to testify at trial. Online court records show Judge Paul Miller overruled a defense motion to have the boy found incompetent.