Judge Anderson assigned to nail-gun murder case | TheUnion.com

Judge Anderson assigned to nail-gun murder case

Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderson will hear the nail-gun murder trial of Grass Valley resident Richard Williams, fellow Judge Sean Dowling ruled today.

Dowling assigned the case to Anderson after Judge Robert Tamietti was disqualified Monday from hearing it because of personal relationships that link him to the victim, Hendrika “Hetty” Williams.

The California Rules of Court obligate the court to assign another local judge to the case after Tamietti’s disqualification, court Chief Executive Officer Sean Metroka said today.

It’s unclear how today’s ruling will affect the trial schedule. Anderson will hear motions in the case at 1:30 p.m. today, and jury selection is scheduled for Monday in Napa.

“We’re committed to doing this as quickly as possible. We’re trying to maintain the court date,” Metroka said. “It’s in the interest of all of us to keep the trial moving as scheduled.”

Williams is accused of murdering his estranged wife with a nail gun in October 2005, a few days after she moved out of the house the couple shared on Alta Street.

Tamietti, who had been on the case since it entered the court, was disqualified after defense lawyer Stephen Munkelt, of Nevada City, filed a motion accusing Tamietti of having a possibly tainted opinion because his girlfriend and Hetty Williams both worked in the education field, and because the girlfriend’s son is friends with the victim’s daughter.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.

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