Ohio woman will act as own lawyer in murder case

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A Toledo woman says she's going to court to represent herself in her trial on aggravated murder and other charges.

Experts say it's rare -- and not advisable -- for someone to represent themselves against such serious criminal charges.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/162wblt ) reports that jury selection in 49-year-old Melody Williams' trial is scheduled to begin Monday morning.

She is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated arson, aggravated robbery, and two counts of tampering with evidence. The victim, L.C. Lyons Jr., was found shot to death inside his burned-out home on July 4, 2011.

A judge has appointed a Toledo attorney to act as Williams' "advisory counsel."

If convicted, she could face life in prison.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/