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Assistant Fire Marshal Frank Reitmeier believes it was a woman who sparked multiple fires in the victim's home. Assistant Fire Marshal Frank Reitmeier believes it was a woman who sparked multiple fires in the victim's home.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

New details emerged in the second day of testimony in a murder trial where the accused killer is representing herself.

Melody Williams was more verbal in day two of testimony. More was revealed from five witnesses testifying against her, including a family member who is in Witness Protection.

The family member detailed that Williams came to his home in the early morning of July 4 and asked for advice on how to get rid of a gun. She also asked for help selling some of the victim's jewelry.

The assistant fire marshal also testified, saying the fire sparked at L.C. Lyons Jr.'s home, where his body was found, was actually the result of five fires set in various areas of the home.

"I looked at each fire independently, and the only way those fires could have started was by somebody purposely starting this fire. So even the materials that were there, regardless of if there was any ignitable liquid, they could have been ignited by simply applying an open flame," explained Frank Reitmeier, assistant fire marshal.

Several items were entered into evidence, including cell phone records, the bullet from the victim's head, clothing soaked in lighter fluid and even matches that Reitmeier says may have been used to help set the fires. Reitmeier also said he found traces of lighter fluid inside the home.

Reitmeier was called to the scene to investigate and was able to put together a clear picture of how a plan was used to execute the fire.

"Start the ones in the bedroom first, and work your way through the foyer igniting that one, through the kitchen igniting those two, and then out the overhead door and through the garage, because there's no other way out," said Reitmeier.

As witnesses fired off their statements, Williams fired back with questions and comments of her own. At times she was even reprimanded by the judge for letting her opinions get in the way.

"Ms. Williams your personal comments must be kept to yourself," said the judge.

Testimony will resume Thursday.

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