Detroit,Grosse Pointe ParkDecember 20, 2013
Williams rejects plea offer in Gianino murder case
By K. Michelle Moran
Murder suspect Myron Tyronne Williams firmly turned down a plea deal Dec. 20 that would have sent him to prison for the next 25-50 years.
Williams, 42, a former Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park resident, is facing first-degree murder, felony murder and unarmed robbery charges in the May 15 slaying of his Grosse Pointe Park neighbor, Sabrina Gianino.
During a final conference hearing in front of 3rd Circuit Court Judge Ulysses Boykin, Williams’ new court-appointed attorney, Charles Longstreet II, rejected a deal put forward by Molly Kettler, an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, for Williams to plead guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder and a sentence of 25-50 years in a Michigan Department of Corrections facility.
“I’ve been in extensive conversations with the family (of the victim),” Kettler said regarding the offer.
“My client wishes to respectfully decline that offer,” Longstreet responded. He then turned to Williams to ask him if he agreed.
“Yes, indeed,” Williams responded emphatically, raising his eyebrows.
Prosecutors argue that Williams murdered Gianino over electronics — including an older model laptop computer and a cellphone — that he then used to obtain crack cocaine. Williams has insisted he had nothing to do with Gianino’s death.
Longstreet is the third attorney who’s been appointed to represent Williams since he was arraigned this summer — initially on drug charges for marijuana that police said they found and seized in the Park flat where Williams was living with his wife and their four children. They reportedly were living in an attic above his sister’s apartment. The drug charges were dropped in July a few days prior to the prosecution charging Williams with murder.
Longstreet said the court asked him to take over the case from Williams’ second court-appointed attorney, Ray Paige, who represented Williams during a preliminary examination on the murder charges Oct. 10 in Grosse Pointe Park Municipal Court. Longstreet said he doesn’t know why the court asked him to take this case, but he’s confident he has enough time to prepare before the trial starts next year.
Longstreet declined comment on the case or his client.
“Our firm doesn’t make comments on cases,” he said.
Williams’ trial is slated to begin March 10, 2014.
Boykin told the attorneys they need to present all exhibits no later than two weeks before the trial, and all motions need to be filed and heard by the Friday before the trial starts.