connectVideoThreesome twist to light during witness testimony in Denise Williams trial
A Florida woman has been sentenced for a conspiracy with her lover the death of her husband, 18 years after he disappeared and they collected $1.75 million in life insurance benefits his death was ruled an accident.
Denise Williams, 48, reportedly showed no emotion as the verdict was delivered Friday in Leon County after a week-long trial that included details of the trio’s and drew comparisons with the classic film noir “Double Indemnity.”
She is now faced with a mandatory sentence of life in prison after he was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of her 31-year-old man, Mike Williams, who vanished Dec. 16, 2000, on a duck hunt.
“We have justice for Michael,” the victim’s mother said prosecutor Jon Fuchs, the Tallahassee Democrat Friday reported.
Denise Williams listens during her trial for the murder of her husband, Mike Williams, in Tallahassee, Florida.
((Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat via AP, Pool)
Cheryl Williams refused to believe that her son drowned and was eaten by crocodiles, the newspaper reported.
TRIO TWIST TO LIGHT DURING WITNESS TESTIMONY IN DENISE WILLIAMS MURDER TRIAL
Prosecutors said Denise Williams hatched the murder plot with a man who is her husband’s best friend — and her lover, Brian Winchester.
He was the prosecution star witness, who testified, that they killed Michael Williams, so they could be together and collect on life insurance by making the murder look like an accident, according to reports.
Winchester sold Mike Williams one of those policies, with a value of $1 million.
Winchester told the jury that the plans for the murder to look like a drowning went wrong when Michael Williams’ duck-hunting equipment failed to drag him under water.
He testified that he wound up shooting Michael Williams in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun and then burying the body in the vicinity of a lake, according to reports.
The New York Post reported that Winchester and Denise Willaims carried on their secret relationship until 2005 when they got married.
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But 11 years later, they divorced and soon after he was arrested for kidnapping Denise Williams at gunpoint to convince her not to take him in to the police, according to the paper.
Eventually he confessed to the killing of Michael Williams, in exchange for immunity and led authorities to the body.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.