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Johnston City, IL woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2013 stabbing death

Tamara Williams (Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office) Tamara Williams (Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)
JOHNSTON CITY, IL (KFVS) -

A Johnston City, Illinois woman was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a November 2013 stabbing death of a 66-year-old woman.

According to Brandon Zanotti, the Williamson County State's Attorney, the judge found the state proved Tamara Williams was guilty of murder but ruled not guilty by reason of insanity.

Zanotti said the defense team had a medical examination conducted and results showed she was not guilty by reason of insanity.

He said the state's attorney's office also had a medical examination conducted and those results also showed Williams was not guilty by reason of insanity.

The judge then ruled not guilty by reason of insanity based on those medical examinations.

Williams is currently being held in the Williamson County Jail.

She will be placed in a secure facility.

Authorities say the body of Barbara Beers, of Johnston City, was found on Nov. 15, 2013 in a yard south of Marion.

Williams was a suspect in a Beers' death and was charged with first-degree murder.

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