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Family of Coralville woman arrested for murder says she's innocent


A Coralville woman facing first degree murder charges made her initial court appearance.

49 year old Lillie Williams was arrested Wednesday for her role in a September 4th fire in Coralville.  Court documents say Williams started the fire knowing people were inside.

Police say a witness later identified Williams as the woman who started the fire.

Williams' cousin, 14 year old Raymone Bryant, was in the house at the time and died as a result of inhaling smoke.

In her initial appearance in Johnson County court, Williams said the charges were false.

After her proceedings, her daughter Kavier Williams, echoed similar sentiments.

"My mom is a kind-hearted person.  She would never ever do anything like that, whether she was intoxicated or not.  I don't think she's capable of doing anything like that,"Kavier said.

Police wrapped up their more than two month investigation with ample evidence to charge Lillie Williams with the crime.

"It was pretty obvious to us and investigators early on in the investigation that this was not a normal fire and that of course pushed us in this direction," said Coralville police chief Barry Bedford.

Williams is being held on $1 million bond.  Her preliminary hearing is set for November 28.

If convicted, Williams faces life in prison and will not be eligible for parole.

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