Couple convicted in Sedro-Woolley abuse case

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

A Skagit County jury found Larry and Carri Williams guilty of manslaughter in the first degree and assault of a child in the first degree. The jury also found Carri Williams guilty of the most severe charge Homicide by Abuse.

The jury couldn't reach a decision on the homicide by abuse for Larry Williams. The judge declared a mistrial on that count.

The judge also ordered that Carri Williams be held on $1.5 million bail while awaits sentencing.

The case against Larry and Carri Williams went to the jury Friday in Mount Vernon.

Hana Williams died in the back yard of the family home in May 2011 of hypothermia and malnutrition. Prospectors say she was starved, beaten and forced outside as punishment.

The Williams also are charged with first-degree child assault, for allegedly abusing their son who also was adopted in 2008 from Ethiopia.

Defense lawyers argued that questionable parenting practices don't necessarily amount to a crime.

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