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Brianna Williams' 17th pretrial hearing has come and gone - Here's what has happened in the case so far

Brianna Williams' case was passed and rescheduled following 17th pretrial date.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Brianna Williams, mother of 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams, attended her 17th pretrial hearing on Wednesday in court, a little over two years after she reported her daughter missing.

At 9 a.m. in the Duval County courthouse, the case was passed and rescheduled for another pretrial on Jan. 12, 2022. 

Judge Kevin Blazs plans set a trial date at that time as well. 

Williams is charged with aggravated child abuse, lying to police and tampering with evidence in connection to the death of her 5-year-old daughter, Taylor Rose Williams.

Timeline of major events in the case so far:

Nov. 6, 2019

The former Navy Petty Officer First Class at NAS Jax reported her little girl missing from their home. 

In a tearful 911 call, Williams told dispatch, "I don't know where my daughter is."

Nov. 12, 2019

Almost a week later, human remains were found in in a remote wooded area near Demopolis, Alabama, which is Williams' hometown. They were later identified as Taylor's. 

An arrest warrant for Williams was executed, detailing alleged child neglect and "numerous false statements" to police during the search for Taylor. 

Williams was taken to the hospital instead of jail after what appeared to be an attempted overdose.

Related: Arrest warrant details child neglect, Brianna Williams' alleged lies prior to 5-year-old Taylor Williams' disappearance

Nov. 21, 2019

Williams was released from the hospital and booked into the Duval County Jail in the pretrial detention facility. 

Williams was charged with child neglect and giving false information to investigators, officials said. 

Her bond was set at a little over $1 million, according to her booking information.

Related: $1 million bond set for Brianna Williams, arrested after suicide attempt following discovery of a child's remains in Alabama

Nov. 25, 2019

Nearly 20 days after an Amber Alert was issued for William's daughter, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed the remains found in Alabama were Taylor's. 

The cause of death was not released at the time. 

Related: Jacksonville police confirm child remains found in Alabama to be missing 5-year-old Taylor Williams

Jan. 8, 2020

Brianna Williams appeared in front of a judge for the first time after several rescheduled court dates. 

Williams pled not guilty to three felony charges, including two counts of child neglect and one count of lying to law enforcement officers.

Related: Brianna Williams pleads not guilty to felony charges; Why she is not facing murder charges

Jan. 29, 2020 

Prosecutors unveil evidence that could be used in the child neglect case against the mother of 5-year-old Taylor Williams.  

At this point, Williams has not been charged in her daughter's death but is in jail charged with child neglect and lying to investigators. 

Related: Uber records, Match.com profile part of Brianna Williams' digital footprint

June 25, 2020

New evidence from the investigation into 5-year-old Taylor Williams' death was released.

Thousands of photographs, new investigative documents and police interviews with Williams were made public.

Related: Skeletal remains, filthy clothes included in thousands of new photographs released in the Brianna Williams case

July 23, 2020

Further evidence is released by police, painting a dark picture of Taylor's life. 

Documents show friends and family told police she punished her daughter for hiding food, and complained the child had become a 'nightmare.'

Additionally, police reports were released that said investigators discovered a closet in Williams’ Southside apartment reeking of bodily waste and human decomposition. Officials said they also found bloodstains on the carpet and walls that matched Taylor's DNA when tested. 

Related: 'Starved her to death': Brianna Williams' friends say they think that's what happened to the 5-year-old

September 15, 2021

Williams' 15th pretrial hearing is passed, again. 

She appeared in court with her defense team, who told the judge they needed more time to conduct out-of-state depositions, which had previous scheduling conflicts.

At this point, Williams has been in jail for almost two years.  

Related: Mother of child found dead after massive 2019 search has 15th pretrial date passed again

Dec. 15, 2021

The case was passed and rescheduled for another pretrial on Jan. 12, 2022. Judge Kevin Blazs plans to set a trial date at that time as well.

Officials close to the case said they are still in the 'building stage," predicting an actual trial will not happen until fall of 2022. 


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