Estranged husband charged in arson death of well-known LGBT pioneer in Utah

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Arson arrest (MGN)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The estranged husband of a well-known Salt Lake City LGBT pioneer and restaurateur who died in a house fire has been charged with aggravated murder and aggravated arson in the death.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they believe Craig Crawford purposely started the fire to kill his husband, John Williams.

Crawford was arrested on May 22 after the 72-year-old Williams died in the fire.

Police said Crawford was in the house when the fire started and was later seen walking back to the house but didn’t call authorities.

It was not clear if Crawford has an attorney.

The fire occurred less than three weeks after Williams filed for divorce from Crawford and sought a temporary restraining order that was rejected.

Williams owned a popular Market Street Grill and other restaurants.