Williams arraignment pushed back by a week

Indiana man accused of murder in the death of Jessica Gomez

Phillip Williams

The arraignment for a man accused of killing a Fort Dodge woman last summer in Clare has been continued for one week.

Phillip A. Williams, 26, of Lafayette, Indiana, will have his arraignment on July 30.

It was originally scheduled for Monday, but his attorneys filed a motion to continue early Monday morning. Chief Judge Kurt Wilke, of the 2nd Judicial District, and the presiding judge over the case, granted the motion.

Williams is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Jessica Gomez, 26, of Fort Dodge, last August near Clare.

He and Mackenzie Knigge, 27, of Clare, who is also charged with first-degree murder, are accused of killing Gomez in Knigge’s Clare apartment “on or about” Aug. 5, 2017.

Mackenzie Knigge

Knigge and Gomez, who were once described as friends, were publicly reported missing on Aug. 9, 2017.

Knigge was arrested in connection with the case on Aug. 10, 2017, in Lafayette, Indiana. She was a passenger in a stolen Pontiac Montana minivan that was stopped by police there.

Williams was also in the minivan.

Gomez’s burned body was found in a ditch along Indiana Avenue near Clare on Aug. 12, 2017.

Knigge was returned to Iowa shortly after her arrest, and her trial was recently continued to Nov. 26.

Jessica Gomez

Williams was extradited back to Iowa earlier this month after he faced charges authorities in Indiana had brought against him.

Both Knigge and Williams are each being held in the Webster County Jail on $1 million cash bond.