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.
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