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Woman charged with first-degree murder to enter plea deal

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 17, 2012 6:30 AM

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A Coralville woman accused of first-degree murder will attend a plea hearing today at the Johnson County Courthouse.

Lillie Williams, 50, is accused of a Class-A felony in connection with the death of a 14-year-old boy and two others injured during a house fire in Coralville in November 2011.

William’s pretrial hearing was originally set for at 9 a.m. Friday, and her trial was set for 9 a.m. Oct. 23, but this date could be in jeopardy following the hearing.

Williams will plead guilty to first-degree arson and first-degree burglary, Class-B felonies that carry sentences of up to 25 years. She will also plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a Class D felony with a maximum five-year sentence.

Prior to her plea, Williams had planned to use intoxication as a part of her defense, as reported by The Daily Iowan. The court also ruled in early October that a 6-year-old boy was competent to testify against Williams.

Williams' bond is set at $1 million.

— by Jordyn Reiland


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