A MAN accused of murdering Bethany Hill in Stratford-upon-Avon last year told police that he blacked out on the night she died, awaking to find himself holding a knife and covered in blood.
During Thursday’s proceedings at Warwick Crown Court, members of the jury were read interviews Jack Williams gave to police following his arrest.
In initial police interviews Williams said that after blacking out at the Hertford Road flat he awoke to see Woods running out of the building and proceeded to run after her up the road.
However during a further police interview on 7th February last year Williams admitted that he came around to find himself sitting in the lounge with a knife in his hand and blood on his clothing.
It was at this point that he saw Woods leaving the flat and followed her.
Williams told police: “Basically I’m trying to explain this but I don’t know how to do it. I did black out and I don’t know what I did, I ended up back in the front room covered in blood.
He added: “When I blacked out something could have happened, but I don’t know.
“I can’t say 100% because I blacked out, honestly it could have happened when I blacked out.”
Asked if Bethany was killed at 2.21am Williams said “I can’t tell you mate, I blacked out.”
Williams said that he didn’t know if Bethany was dead when he left the flat to run after Woods, because he didn’t look.
He added:“Nothing was ever intentional, nothing was ever on purpose.”
Williams and his girlfriend, Kayleigh Woods, are both charged with murdering Bethany, who was aged 20 at the time, at a flat on Hertford Road in the early hours of 3rd February last year.
On the evening of Bethany’s death Williams told police that whilst at work he received an upset phone call from Woods, who was going on about Bethany.
After work Williams said he walked to Woods’ Hertford Road flat, arriving at around 1am.
He told officers that he saw Bethany in the flat unconscious in bed with a blanket over her head. He walked into the living room and claims Woods told him that she had given Bethany 60 tablets and made her drink bleach.
Williams told police: “I tend to black out when things get too much for me.”
The trial continues.
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