Salt Lake City Man Accused Of Killing Estranged Husband Makes First Court Appearance

Craig Crawford
Craig Crawford, 47, charged with arson and murder in the death of husband John Williams, will get a bail hearing on Sept. 8. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County Jail

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 13, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A Salt Lake man accused of setting a fire that killed his estranged husband last month made his first appearance Monday morning in 3rd District Court.

Craig A. Crawford, 47, appeared via video from Salt Lake County Jail, where he is being held without bail. Crawford is charged with first-degree felony aggravated murder — a potential capital offense — and first-degree felony aggravated arson. A July 1 scheduling hearing has been set in the case.

Crawford was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on May 22 after the body of his estranged husband, 72-year-old businessman John Williams, was found inside the residence they shared at 574 N. East Capitol St., Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office filed the aggravated murder and arson charges against Crawford on June 8, alleging he set the fire that caused Williams’ death.

The autopsy report said Williams died of smoke inhalation.

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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