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Family Irked By Attorney’s ‘Slow News Day’ Comments

Posted at 5:53 PM, Mar 04, 2019

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18 )- A woman convicted of helping carry out the murder of a Scott Couty pregnant woman 15 years ago will stay in prison.

Ashley Lyons’ family knew Dena Williams changed her mind about asking a judge for early release. What they say they didn’t expect was what they said was an insensitive comment by Williams’ attorney after court.

Williams is serving 20 years for complicity to murder in the shooting death of Ashley Lyons, 18. William’s then-boyfriend, Roger McBeath is also in prison for pulling the trigger. Ashley’s family holds her just as responsible. Ashley was carrying McBeath’s baby when he met Ashley at a local park and shot her inside her car, killing her and her unborn child.

Williams recently asked to get out of prison early but changed her mind.

In court, the judge officially accepted her request to withdraw her motion. Williams wasn’t there, only her attorney John West.

“She does not wish to make an ordeal out of this. Apparently, it’s already quite an ordeal,” West said in court.

After court, as LEX 18 reached out to West he asked “Is it a slow news day? This murder was 15 years ago.”

“Her attorney thinks you all are here because it’s a slow news day? That’s a joke.” her brother responded.