Trial begins for man in Grosse Pointe Park neighbor's strangling

Trial begins for man in Grosse Pointe Park neighbor's strangling

Posted: Updated:
Myron Williams Myron Williams
Sabrina Gianino Sabrina Gianino

DETROIT (WJBK) -- Opening arguments were heard Tuesday in the case against a Grosse Pointe Man accused of murdering his neighbor's girlfriend.

Myron Williams, 42, faces first-degree murder, felony murder and unarmed robbery charges after prosecutors say he entered his neighbor's home in May 2013 and strangled 36-year-old Sabrina Gianino.

Williams has a lengthy criminal past, including arrests in Lousiana on charges of breaking and entering, burglary, battery and assault.

Prosecutors told the jury Williams lived with his wife and children in the attic of his sister's home next door to Gianino, and that he knew when she would be alone to rob her.

"The defendant liked to drink and he liked to smoke crack - and those things cost money," Molly Kettler, the assistant Wayne Co. prosecutor, said in court.

So prosecutors say he went into Gianino's home and took her purse, a laptop, cellphone, ipod and case, beat her and killed her then immediately sold her belongings for crack cocaine.

"He probably had that crackpipe in his mouth before Sabrina was even found. That's how quick it was," Kettler said.

"Being a crackhead and being poor does not make you a killer," said Williams' attorney, Charles Longstreet. "The evidence is going to show that there is no signs of forced entry; there is no sign of a struggle. The evidence will show that alone is inconsistent with a strange African American crackhead coming in and attacking this woman."

The trial is expected to last three weeks and will be decided by the jury consisting of three white men, two black men, five white women and four black women. The jury of 14 will be reduced to 12.

  • Amy LangeMore from Amy LangeMore>>

  • FEMA tours flood ravaged areas in metro Detroit

    FEMA tours flood ravaged areas in metro Detroit

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:30:35 GMT
    Gretchen Domino's home in Warren is a hazard - the basement completely washed out and covered in mold. Signs in her front yard shout her frustration - where is the help?"This is insane, you promise me this, you promise me that," she said.
    Gretchen Domino's home in Warren is a hazard - the basement completely washed out and covered in mold. Signs in her front yard shout her frustration - where is the help?"This is insane, you promise me this, you promise me that," she said.
  • Prosecutor Kym Worthy: Office is 'criminally underfunded'

    Prosecutor Kym Worthy: Office is 'criminally underfunded'

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-08-26 11:18:19 GMT
    Kym Worthy says in the last two years she's lost 90 lawyers and that Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has slashed her budget to the breaking point. "I honestly don't think that the Ficano administration gives a damn about public safety the way that they should," she said.
    Kym Worthy says in the last two years she's lost 90 lawyers and that Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has slashed her budget to the breaking point. "I honestly don't think that the Ficano administration gives a damn about public safety the way that they should," she said.
  • Police: Three family members shot in Warren during robbery attempt

    Police: Three family members shot in Warren during robbery attempt

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:25:09 GMT
    Police are searching for three masked gunmen they say are responsible for shooting three family members in Warren during an attempted robbery.
    Police are searching for three masked gunmen they say are responsible for shooting three family members in Warren during an attempted robbery.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices