Woman charged in year old murder case


    Melody Lorain Williams

  • Melody Lorain Williams
    Melody Lorain Williams

    More than a year after the body of L.C. Lyons, Jr., was found in the charred remains of a burned house in Sylvania, a Toledo woman has been charged with his murder.

    Melody Williams, 48, of 2017 Canton Ave., was indicted by a Lucas County grand jury today on one count each of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, each with a gun specification. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

    She is charged with the death of L.C. Lyons, Jr., whose body was found July 4, 2011, inside his home at 5128 Inland Drive. An autopsy later revealed that he had been shot in the head.

    Authorities said that Ms. Williams knew the victim and that the allegations are that she killed him during the course of a robbery. Soon after the body was found in 2011, the fire was ruled an arson that was set intentionally in an attempt to cover up the homicide.

    According to the Lucas County Jail, Ms. Williams is currently in custody.