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Williams' alleged killer to plead 'defensive -

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TICKY FULLERTON, PRESENTER: A Victorian court has heard that the man accused of killing Carl
Williams may argue that he acted in self-defence.

The 36-year-old man was charged with murder following the bashing death of the underworld boss in
Victoria's highest security prison.

His lawyer today said that the avenue of defensive homicide was open to him.

Sarah Farnsworth reports from Geelong.

SARAH FARNSWORTH, REPORTER: Carl Williams was serving a minimum 35 years jail at Barwon Prison.

He was sitting in a common area with two fellow inmates when it's alleged he was bludgeoned to
death with the stem of an exercise bike.

A 36-year-old man who can't be named is charged with his murder.

Today, the accused's lawyer, Christopher Trail, told the court more than 90 people have given
statements to police over the alleged attack.

Among them, Tommy Ivanovic, who was present when Williams was killed. Mr Trail said his witness
account opens the possibility defensive homicide could be argued.

The offense of defensive homicide was introduced in 2005 for people who believed it necessary to
kill in order to protect themselves.

Up to 32 witnesses will now be called to give evidence at a pre-trial hearing.

Among them are 11 prison officers. Two had dealings with the accused after the alleged attack.

The magistrate was told it was necessary to speak to the prison staff about the demeanour of both
the accused and Williams in the lead-up to the violent death.

Three separate investigations have been launched into the prison murder. The matter will return to
court in October.

Sarah Farnsworth, Lateline.