- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a man accused of killing his husband in house fire (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

Attorneys for a man accused of setting a house fire that killed his husband, a well-known Salt Lake City restaurateur, have withdrawn their request for a bail hearing.

A Salt Lake City courtroom was packed Thursday with family members of victim John Williams, some of whom were set to testify for the prosecution about how violent suspect Craig Crawford is.

But defense lawyer Mark Moffat instead told a judge at that outset they needed more time to analyze new evidence submitted this week by the prosecution. That means Crawford will remain in jail without bail.

Crawford’s attorney had asked that bail be set at $500,000. Prosecutors requested $10 million, arguing his brazen actions show he is a risk to the community.

Crawford is accused of setting the couple’s house on fire in May, shortly after Williams filed for divorce and unsuccessfully sought a restraining order.

4:07 a.m.

Friends and family of a well-known Salt Lake City restaurateur killed in a house fire are set to testify Thursday about the violent behavior of his husband who is accused of intentionally setting the fire.

Prosecutors are asking a state judge to set bail for suspect Craig Crawford at $10 million, arguing his brazen actions show he is a risk to the community.

Crawford is accused of setting the couple’s house on fire in May, shortly after his 72-year-old husband John Williams filed for divorce and unsuccessfully sought a restraining order.

Crawford’s attorney Jim Bradshaw is asking for a reasonable bail, saying his client is not evil but a kind and generous person.

Crawford could face the death penalty on aggravated murder and arson charges.

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