Man pleads not guilty to killing wife, setting body on fire

    Fredrick Williams, charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. (Black Hawk County Jail)

    A Waterloo man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed his wife and set her body on fire in cemetery last year.

    The Courier reports that 28-year-old Fredrick Williams filed a written plea of not guilty to the Black Hawk County District Court.

    Williams is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of 40-year-old Lakisha Williams. An autopsy determined she was asphyxiated.

    The woman's body was found Jan. 26, 2018, on the ground in a remote area of Garden of Memories cemetery in Waterloo. Her mother had reported her missing a day earlier.

    Fredrick Williams was found in Minnesota soon after his wife's body was found and arrested. He's being held in the Black Hawk County Jail on $1 million bond.

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