Husband Of Prominent Utah Business Owner Now Charged With His Murder

John Williams died on May 22, 2016 after officials found his body inside his burning Salt Lake City home. Photo Courtesy: Equality Utah Facebook page

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 8, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The husband of a prominent Utah business owner, who was found death inside his burning home last month, has now been charged with murder.

Craig Crawford, 47, was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of first-degree aggravated homicide and first-degree aggravated arson on May 22 after the body of his estranged husband, 72-year-old John Williams, was found inside his residence at 574 N. East Capitol St., Salt Lake City.

Craig Crawford has been charged with murder in the death of popular Gastronomy co-founder John Williams. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County Sheriff;s Office

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office on Wednesday filed the aggravated murder and arson charges against Crawford, alleging he set the fire that caused Williams’ death.

The autopsy report said Williams died of smoke inhalation.

The case is eligible for the death penalty, but it has not been announced whether the District Attorney Sim Gill will seek it.

Williams was the co-founder of Gastronomy, Inc., the company that runs the popular Market Street Grill restaurants along the Wasatch Front. His May 31 funeral at Abravanel Hall was attended by nearly 2,000 people.

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