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Florida woman charged with first-degree murder in husband’s 2000 slaying

May 14, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida woman charged with first-degree murder in husband’s 2000 slaying

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Florida woman facing first-degree murder charges in husband’s 17-year-old slaying plotted his death for months with spouse’s friend: Prosecutors

A woman in Florida charged last week with first-degree murder in the slaying of her husband — who reportedly went missing on a duck-hunting trip 17 years ago — allegedly planed his death for months, an indictment unsealed last week revealed.

Last Tuesday, 48-year-old Denise Williams was arrested for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and accessory after the fact charges in her husband Mike Williams’ death that took place back in 2000.

According to WCTV, a grand jury indictment alleged that Denise conspired with Brian Winchester, her husband’s friend, and her future husband, for over nine months before Winchester killed him.

Winchester helped the victim arrange a $1 million insurance policy six months before his disappearance, and married his widow afterward.

Denise Williams, 48, was charged last  Tuesday with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and accessory after the fact in her husband Mike Williams’ December 2000 killing. (Leon County Detention Center)

The case had long been deemed questionable. Mike Williams went missing after he supposedly went duck hunting by himself on a lake near Tallahassee.

His body wasn’t initially discovered after an extensive search in and around Lake Seminole, and a theory developed that he was attacked by an alligator — an assumption Denise used when she requested for her husband’s death to be declared accidental.

The theory was proven wrong when the body was found in 2017, buried under muck near a boat landing in Tallahassee.

Denise and Winchester wed in 2005, but they got divorced in 2016.

The indictment released Wednesday accuses Denise Williams of conspiring with Brian Winchester, 45, for more than nine months in order to kill Mike Williams. (Leon County Clerk of Court via Tallahassee Democrat)

Last year, Winchester pleaded no contest to abducting Denise at gunpoint and was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

The following day, authorities revealed that Mike’s remains were located at the end of a dead-end street after receiving “new information.”

The body had been found two months earlier, but the state’s Department of Law Enforcement needed to verify through DNA tests that the remains belonged to Mike.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced on Wednesday that he had ordered the state’s Division of Investigative and Forensic Services to investigate Denise and Winchester for purported life insurance fraud.

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