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Suspect in fiery Tallahassee Taco Bell attack ruled competent to stand trial

Posted at 3:38 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 15:38:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The suspect accused of dousing a Tallahassee Taco Bell employee in gasoline before setting her on fire has been ruled competent to stand trial.

During a Wednesday hearing, Circuit Judge Frank Allman ruled that Mia Williams is now "competent to proceed" with criminal litigation.

Williams has been at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee since being declared incompetent to stand trial in January.

Allman ordered that Williams be brought back to Leon County for a court hearing on Dec. 9.

According to arrest documents, Williams walked into the Taco Bell on South Monroe Street on October 23, 2019 and, about 15 minutes before the fiery attack, a police summary says employees called police about Williams trespassing the property.

The caller told dispatch that Williams was acting "erratically," jumped over the employee counter and flicked the lights on and off before running away from the business.

Minutes later, Williams walked back into the restaurant, this time with a water bottle filled with gasoline.

At 6:35 p.m., dispatch got another call reporting that Williams had poured gasoline on an employee and lit the employee on fire. Two minutes later, police arrived to the restaurant.

Due to the victim's burns, she was air-lifted to Shands Burn Center in Gainesville. Documents say the victim suffered third degree burns to 25 percent of her body.

The next morning, Williams was arrested after threatening law enforcement officers with a pair of scissors.

Williams has been charged with arson of an occupied structure and arson resulting in injury, in addition to the initial charges of attempted first degree murder, resisting arrest with violence and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Authorities say if convicted on all charges, Williams faces up to 45 years in prison.