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Williams arraigned on information in murder of Sabrina Gianino

Published October 23, 2013

DETROIT — Prosecution and defense attorneys are gearing up for a murder trial next year in the case of Sabrina Gianino, the 35-year-old Grosse Pointe Park woman who was killed in her flat in the 1300 block of Wayburn during the night of May 15.

Myron Tyronne Williams, 42 — the former neighbor accused of killing Gianino and stealing a laptop computer, cellphone and iPod from her flat, allegedly to exchange for crack cocaine — was the subject of an arraignment on information Oct. 18 in front of 3rd Circuit Court Judge Ulysses Boykin. Williams — who has pleaded not guilty — has been charged with first-degree murder, felony murder and unarmed robbery. His court-appointed attorney, Ray Paige, has been critical of the circumstantial case against his client, but Molly Kettler, an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, seemed confident that the amount of circumstantial evidence collected in this case will prove Williams guilty.

An animal lover, Gianino was the head receptionist at Platz Animal Hospital in Grosse Pointe Park, where she had worked since 2006. Well-loved by family, friends and animal hospital clients, her death shook the community.

Williams, who is being held without bond at the Wayne County Jail, is next slated to appear in court for a calendar conference in front of Boykin Dec. 20, according to a spokesperson for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Jury selection in the trial is currently scheduled to start March 10, 2014.

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