New charge in West Richland strangulation case

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    BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- The man accused of strangling a woman to death during sex now faces a new charge in the case.

    Authorities say William C. Lee killed Alisa Brewer at his home on December 9th.

    On Thursday, Lee appeared before a judge facing a new charge of 1st degree murder.

    The prosecuting attorney's office recently changed the charge from 2nd degree murder.

    Lee pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday.

    His trial is now set for May 13th.

    Autopsy results revealed 53-year-old Brewer died from ligature strangulation, or strangulation from a binding item, according to the coroner.

    The coroner says investigators also found significant trauma from hits to her head, face and body during the autopsy.

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