Woman slain by boyfriend's ex had been harassed, family says

The family of a Utah woman, Lisa Williams, killed by her boyfriend's ex-wife while decorating a Christmas tree is warning about the devastating consequences of domestic violence that go beyond two people. (Photo courtesy of the Williams family)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The family of a Utah woman killed by her boyfriend's ex-wife while decorating a Christmas tree is warning about the devastating consequences of domestic violence that go beyond two people.

Police say 26-year-old Lisa Vilate Williams was making homemade ornaments with her boyfriend's twin 3-year-olds when 32-year-old Chelsea Watrous Cook burst in and shot her to death on Sunday.

Williams' sister and mother told The Associated Press that the slaying came after Cook bullied Williams online and harassed her for months.

Tawny Williams says she was worried for her daughter's safety. Court records show Cook had been charged with domestic violence the month before the slaying.

A lawyer for Cook in that case did not return messages seeking comment, and family members declined to comment.


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