Continuance filed in Williams case

Man accused of killing FD woman in Clare

A motion has been filed requesting to push back the trial of an Indiana man accused of killing a Fort Dodge woman in Clare last summer.

Phillip A. Williams, 26, of Lafayette, Indiana, is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2017 death of 26-year-old Jessica Gomez.

Williams has pleaded not guilty to the charge and was set to go on trial Sept. 11.

However, Williams’ attorney, Katherine Flickinger, of Story City, filed a motion Wednesday to continue the trial.

In her motion, Flickinger said that she and Williams have not had enough time to look over the evidence in the case, and will not be prepared to go to trial on Sept. 11.

The motion also stated that First Assistant Webster County Attorney Ryan Baldridge, who is prosecuting the case, has no objection to the trial being continued.

No hearing has been set to determine a new trial date as of Thursday afternoon.

Williams and Mackenzie Knigge, 27, of Clare, are accused of killing Gomez on Aug. 5, 2017, at Knigge’s apartment. Gomez’s partially burned body was found in a roadside ditch on Aug. 12, 2017.

Williams and Knigge were arrested on Aug. 11, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana, where they were found inside of a van that had been reported as a vehicle of interest in the investigation.

Both were charged with first-degree murder after Gomez’s body was found.

Knigge was extradited to Webster County in September 2017. She has pleaded not guilty and is set to stand trial starting Nov. 26.

Williams was extradited to Webster County in July, after authorities in Indiana took care of charges he was facing in that state.

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