Man pleads not guilty to killing wife, setting body on fire

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed his wife and set her body on fire in cemetery last year.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 28-year-old Fredrick Williams filed a written plea of not guilty to the Black Hawk County District Court.

Williams is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of 40-year-old Lakisha Williams. An autopsy determined she was asphyxiated.

The woman's body was found Jan. 26, 2018, on the ground in a remote area of Garden of Memories cemetery in Waterloo. Her mother had reported her missing a day earlier.

Fredrick Williams was found in Minnesota soon after his wife's body was found and arrested. He's being held in the Black Hawk County Jail on $1 million bond.