Salt Lake City, UT – Today,
the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, Sim Gill, Salt Lake County
District Attorney, filed Aggravated Murder and Aggravated Arson charges against
Craig Crawford for the death of John Williams, a man widely known in the
community as a restaurateur and philanthropist. The District Attorney
alleged that Mr. Crawford intentionally started a fire in Mr. William’s home
with the intent to kill Mr. Williams, who died in the fire.
Murder is a capital offense carrying a maximum possible punishment of death;
Aggravated Arson is a First Degree Felony punishable by up to life in
outlined in more detail in the accompanying attached Information and Statement
of Probable Cause, it is alleged that on May 22, 2016, in Salt Lake County, Mr.
Crawford intentionally set a fire in Mr. Williams’ home. The District
Attorney alleged that in setting the fire, Mr. Crawford intended to damage the
home and kill Mr. Williams and that Mr. Williams died from injuries sustained
in the fire. Mr. Crawford is being held in the Salt Lake County Adult
Detention Center without bail.
District Attorney’s Office expresses its sympathy and condolences to Mr.
Williams’ family and friends and to the community who knew him and his work.
The District Attorney’s Office also conveys its appreciation to Salt Lake City
Police Department, Salt Lake City Fire Department and the professionals in law
enforcement and public safety who have worked diligently on this case.
persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty
in a court of law.