Preliminary hearing set for woman accused of starting Lansing house fire that killed three

Suspect identified in Lansing fire
Suspect identified in Lansing fire(WILX 2020)
Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 11:50 AM EDT
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UPDATE: Williams appeared in 54-A District court in front of Judge Buchanan for a Probable Cause Conference Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m. A preliminary hearing has been set for 1:00 p.m. Nov. 5.

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Lansing Police investigators along with Lansing Fire Department investigators have identified a suspect related to the recent house fire that took the lives of three people.

The fire broke out at 1450 Elizabeth St. in Lansing late at night on Sept. 3, and claimed the lives of 53-year-old Melissa Weston, eight-year-old Aston Griffin, and four-year-old Jessie Kline.

Police have identified 21-year-old Abbieana Reneka-Cameilla Williams as a suspect in the fire.

Completed investigative reports were submitted to the Ingham County Prosecutor (ICPO) for review on issuing criminal charges on the suspect. The ICPO formally charged the suspect in this case by issuing 6 Felony criminal charges. Subsequently the Lansing Police were advised of this information and located the suspect in Lansing’s South end.

Williams was arrested without incident and transported to the Lansing Police Department Detention facility. She has been arraigned in 54-A District court on multiple charges, including three charges of homicide - open murder, and three charges of first degree arson. No bond has been granted.

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