Judge denies attempted murderer’s motion; new sentencing date set

ESCONDIDO — A man facing life in prison had his motion for a new trial denied May 29 by a San Diego Superior Court judge.
After a brief closed hearing with Tommy Lee Williams and his attorney Herb Weston, Judge Joan Weber denied Williams’ motion of ineffective assistance of counsel saying “the defense Mr. Weston gave you in this trial was amazing.”
Williams, 46, was found guilty April 29 of attempted murder, torture, false imprisonment, threatening crimes to cause serious injury or death, inflicting corporal injury to a spouse and violating a court protective order.
The torture charge alone carries a sentence of life in prison. An Aug. 14 sentencing date was set.
The charges stemmed from the Oct. 27, 2007, attack on Williams’ wife, Jeannette Lawrence, in her Escondido apartment. Weston had argued Lawrence had set up the attack as part of her plan to have Williams murdered in jail by her son’s prison skinhead gang.

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