Fairbanks man changes plea in murder charge

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his ex-wife last year.

Adam Williams, 31, entered the plea Thursday in Fairbanks Superior Court.

As part of a plea agreement, he will avoid a maximum 99-year-old prison term without parole. But he still faces up to 75 years in prison.

Williams is accused of stabbing 28-year-old Lisana Burch to death in June 2001 at their former home just north of Fairbanks. According to court records, Burch had just been granted a divorce and custody of the couple's children.

The children were in the home when the stabbing occurred, but didn't witness the murder.

Williams was scheduled to begin a jury trial next week.

He will be sentenced in mid-October.

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