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Berks Co. judge declares mistrial for man accused of killing woman

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:26:41 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 17 2012 06:25:31 AM EDT
Donald Williams

A Berks Co. judge has declared a mistrial for a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend by setting her on fire.

Judge Stephen Lieberman, presiding over the Donald Williams trial, made the decision because of the inability to select a jury over the past four days.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said he expects a new trial will be scheduled in the near future.


Williams poured flammable liquid on his ex-girlfriend, Maria Serrano, and set her on fire inside her home in the 800 block of Lincoln Street in Reading in June 2009, authorities said.

Serrano, 49, died a few days later.

Williams is charged with first, second and third degree murder, assault, rape and related offenses.