Colethia Williams Calls Murder Charges 'Tragic'

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Colethia Williams

In a written statement, Colethia Williams denies murdering her three children, but offers no details on where she was when a fatal fire broke out.

Williams faces a felony murder charge after three of her four children died in house fire in February.

Her attorney Reza Sedghi sent 13WMAZ a statement on Williams' behalf Thursday morning. It is her first statement since being charged with murder in the case.

Here it is in its entirety:

"There are no words that can describe the grief and pain that my client is feeling at this moment. Colethia deeply cared for her children and raised them by herself without any help. She was thrilled when she was able to finally get approved to purchase a house on James Street where they could live. It is extremely tragic that three of her children lost their lives because of a fire that consumed the house. We are thankful to God that one of her children is alive and doing well. It is also equally tragic that the District Attorney's office has chosen to charge her with murdering her children, a crime that she did not commit."

Williams made her first appearance last week in front of Judge Jane Reeves. Reeves said she denied bond due to the charges against her. 

Police say Williams was apparently not home when the fire broke out around 1:30 a.m., on Sunday, Feb. 24.

The fire happened on James Street in Macon.

Three children died: Daija, age 7; Nykhiya, age 10; and Jammarian, age 9.

The fourth child, 3-year-old J'Lon, suffered burns and was taken to the Augusta Burn Center for several days.

Williams faces three counts of felony murder, four counts of child cruelty in the second degree and one count of felony false statements.

Fire Chief Marvin Riggins said he believes the fire on James Street was accidental. It apparently broke out in a room where nobody was sleeping.

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