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Williams to appeal manslaughter verdict

Craig Williams

Craig Williams, who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the August 2013 death of his ex-wife, Nancy Williams, earlier this year, recently filed a notice of appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Williams' state public defender, Bradford Colbert, filed the notice May 1. The appeals court is in the process of compiling the transcripts from the entire time the case was in district court. These transcripts have largely been completed and submitted to the appellate court. The remainder will need to be submitted by Sept. 5.

While it is not known exactly what part of the Todd County District Court case and subsequent judgement is being appealed at this time, the state and the defendant will have an opportunity to file their briefs after the transcripts have been submitted and present their case.

A date for the state and defense to submit their arguments has not been set at this time.

The case and the verdict itself aren't the only things being challenged.

Williams has also filed an objection to the restitution ordered by the court. The court ordered Williams to pay $20,460 to the Minnesota Crime Reparations Victim Board and $24,973.87 to Dustin Crider, the son of Nancy Williams.

In the objection filed with the court, Williams didn't object to the $6,500 for funeral and burial costs and $1,000 for the memorial monument.

A hearing to address the objection to restitution will be held Aug. 11 in Todd County District Court.

Williams is currently serving a nine-year prison term at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. His anticipated release date, with parole and good behavior, could be as early as December of 2021.