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Murder charges in Park case

Grosse Pointe Park resident Myron Williams was charged with the murder of his neighbor on Wayburn. photo by Renee Landuyt.

July 18, 2013
GROSSE POINTE PARK — Myron Tyrone Williams, 42, has been charged with first-degree murder in the May 15 death of Grosse Pointe Park resident Sabrina Gianino.

Williams was arraigned Monday, July 15, in Grosse Pointe Park Municipal Court. In addition to the first-degree murder charge, he is charged with felony murder and unarmed robbery. Judge Russell Ethridge set the preliminary examination for 9 a.m. Monday, July 29.

Williams, apparently not concerned about the severity of the charges against him, was rather glib when asked by Ethridge if he needed an attorney to be appointed to represent him.

"Not unless you know a good lawyer who's going to represent me for free," Williams told the judge.

When Assistant Wayne County prosecutor Bob Stevens requested Williams be held without bond, Williams responded, "I don't care if you give me bond. I'm not in a rush to go nowhere. I already know the outcome."

Ethridge denied bond.

Gianino, 35, was found strangled in the early morning hours of May 16 by her boyfriend when he returned home from work to his flat on Wayburn. Williams, who lived next door, was taken into custody the next day on a drug charge. While police declined comment at the time, it was believed the drug arrest was part of the investigation into Gianino's murder.

Williams was being held in the Wayne County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail since his arraignment May 22 on the drug charges. However, those charges were dropped last Friday, raising concerns that Williams had been released.

"He was never out of custody," said Grosse Pointe Park Chief of Police David Hiller. "I had several calls from residents, concerned he was back out on the streets. He wasn't. He was in our lock-up, pending the charges today."

Two of the charges levied against Williams, first degree murder and felony murder, carry a term of mandatory life in prison without parole if convicted. The charge of unarmed robbery carries a term of up to 15 years in prison. Stevens, citing Williams' arrest record in his native Louisiana, asked that he be charged as a habitual offender, which means that if he is convicted, the sentence could be up to 22 years in prison.

Williams then asked the judge whether the statute of limitations would apply to the charge, a 1998 conviction out of Hammond, La., for distributing cocaine.

"You'll need to discuss that with your attorney," Ethridge replied.

Gianino's mother, along with other relatives and friends, was in the courtroom for the arraignment. They declined comment. Her mother met briefly with Hiller prior to the arraignment.

"This was a senseless crime," Hiller said following the arraignment. "And while it remains an ongoing case, we are confident that we have the right person in custody."

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