Citing what he called “a tainted identification” of Williams and what he deemed inconsistencies in witness testimony, Baker requested to continue the preliminary hearing and present witnesses on Williams behalf but Judge Stano denied that request opting to end the preliminary hearing and set a trial date.
“I believe their testimony was that they were able to indentify him,” Tontz said of the testimony of the two female students on Thursday. “And there are numerous other witnesses that will be called at a jury trial.”
Williams' trial is scheduled to begin May 13 at 1:30 p.m. He remains free on the $5,000 bond he posted in February shortly after the initial charges were filed. William Baker, the attorney for Williams, declined to comment.