1. ALABAMA: An AMBER Alert has been issued for Kamille McKinney, 3, abducted from a birthday party in Birmingham on Oct 12.
    The suspect vehicle has been located and a man has been taken into custody, but Kamille is still missing.
    Click HERE for more information

    NEW JERSEY: An AMBER Alert has been issued for 5-year-old Dulce Alavez, abducted from a park in Bridgeton on September 16.
    She may have been lured into a red van by an unknown male, possibly Hispanic.
    Click HERE for more information
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Keeping Children and Adults Safe
    Click Here for more information!
    Dismiss Notice
  3. What do you do if you have a loved one missing?
    In this section, you will find tips on what to do and not do.
    Easily find organizations that you can contact for help.
    Click here for more information
    Dismiss Notice
  4. “We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
    Our mission: Working together to help locate the missing, name the unidentified
    and discuss true crime cases within an intellectual, safe and respectful Internet community.
    *~*~*~*Don't forget, we are on Facebook! www.facebook.com/CrimeWatchersNet*~*~*~*~*
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Welcome to Crimewatchers.net! We are happy to have you with us.
Please let any staff member know if you need assistance. We're here to help! (If you aren't a member, please join us today. We'd love to meet you!)
Dismiss Notice
Crimewatchers.net opened on April 26, 2015 with the purpose of making a difference in getting the word out for the missing, unidentified, and justice for victims. Let us know if you have a case you'd like us to feature here, on Twitter &/or Facebook. Contact email: CrimewatchersCW@gmail.com

JERRY "MIKE" WILLIAMS: Florida vs. Denise Williams for murder of husband in 2000 *GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by noZme, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'm confused. The killer's wife said the Panama City trip was before Mike was murdered. Just wanted to clarify.
    spike and Cousin Dupree like this.
  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Update 3:15 p.m.

    After about three and a half hours of deliberation, jurors came back with a question in the murder trial of Denise Williams.

    "If we find Denise guilty of count 1, is she automatically guilty of count 2?" they asked in a written note.

    The first charge against Williams is conspiracy to commit murder of her first husband Mike Williams. The second count is first-degree murder. She is also charged with accessory after the fact.

    Leon County Circuit Judge James Hankinson said he cannot answer the question for jurors and directed them to the jury instructions.

    spike and Cousin Dupree like this.
  3. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I wasn't sure if they would come up with a guilty verdict or not.
    Cousin Dupree, spike and Paradise like this.
  5. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    Tammy, spike and Paradise like this.
  6. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I've heard Killers use that excuse before and it has never resonated with me for that reason.
    Tammy, noZme, spike and 2 others like this.
  8. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    Sentencing is February 6th and I’m marking my calendar. I want this woman to fry.
    spike, Tammy, Kimster and 3 others like this.
  9. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    (@SoSueMe sentencing party at my house Wednesday morning)

    In Denise's circles, divorce has connotations of failure & wrong-doing, & socially it's a huge embarrassment. However, a pretty, young widow with a small child could relish in sympathetic concern, pity & a certain celebrity around town. Totally blameless. Not to mention collecting a nice insurance payout on Mike's life..... this attitude may be a primarily Southern thing - socially - not the criminal aspect.

    I was appalled the attys wanted to question jurors about arriving at verdict wrongfully - who does that? Juries are sacrosanct.

    Judge Hankinson denied the latest defense motion- Her attorneys sought a new trial claiming there was a lack of evidence tying her to the murder and that the 12-person jury convicted her on facts that were not evidence — primarily her flat demeanor throughout the trial.

    They pointed to a comment by Assistant State Attorney Jon Fuchs during his closing argument noting her lack of emotion as she listened to graphic testimony of how Mike Williams was killed.

    “I believe that when the court looks at it as that 13th juror, your honor will find that it was outside the scope of evidence," said her lead attorney, Ethan Way.

    In his motion, Way likened the attention to Denise William's appearance during trial a "facecrime" as described in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

    “It is a troubling commentary that this amended motion has to call for review of the notion that a 'facecrime' actually exists in a Florida criminal trial in the 21st Century," Way wrote in his motion, which was rejected by the judge.

    Following the hearing, Way said he respected but disagreed with judge's decision, saying the convictions shouldn't stand factually or legally.

    Fuchs argued that during the trial was the time to object to his comment about Denise' Williams' demeanor, which he said was brought about because Way himself pointed out her lack of emotion to jurors as a defense.

    Sufficient evidence was presented at trial for the jury to fairly render it's verdict, he said. On top of Winchester’s testimony, multiple people testified to what they believed was an ongoing affair with Denise Williams. Salacious photos from a trip to Panama City Beach were entered as evidence, as was a 17-page love letter from Denise Williams to Winchester.

    “The bottom line is the jurors believed the testimony of Brian Winchester and corroborating evidence,” Fuchs said. “They made a conscious, strategic decision to address the elephant in the room.”

    A defense team request to interview jurors about how much weight they gave to Denise Williams’ demeanor was denied by the judge on Wednesday.

    Hankinson dismissed her conviction of accessory after the fact to a murder because a person cannot legally be an accessory after the fact to a murder they committed.

    https://www.tallahassee.com/story/n...ial-motion-denise-williams/2677493002/Contact Karl Etters at ketters@tallahassee.com or @KarlEtters on Twitter.
    SoSueMe, Tammy, Kimster and 3 others like this.
  10. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    :::Bumping Up::: for sentencing tomorrow.
    Kimster, noZme, Paradise and 2 others like this.
  11. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    A Leon Circuit judge Wednesday will impose a mandatory life prison sentence on Denise Williams for the murder of her husband Mike more than 18 years ago.

    Leon Circuit Judge James Hankinson has little discretion in sentencing as the murder conviction carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison. The conspiracy charge is punishable by an additional 30 years.

    Denise Williams still faces two charges of insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud in connection with the case. A case management hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19.

    Mike Williams’ mother, Cheryl Williams — who fought for nearly two decades to learn the truth of what happened to her son — will give a victim impact statement at the hearing.

    The sentencing hearing is being held at 9 a.m. and will be live streamed on Tallahassee.com. Following the hearing go to the Tallahassee Democrat's Facebook page to watch News Director Jennifer Portman and reporter Karl Etters recap the sentencing that has brought closure to an 18-year-old case.

    Kimster, spike, SoSueMe and 2 others like this.
  12. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    spike, Paradise and Cousin Dupree like this.
  13. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    No surprise that I can’t find a live feed.
    Cousin Dupree, noZme and spike like this.
  14. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Cousin Dupree, noZme and spike like this.
  15. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    spike, Cousin Dupree, noZme and 2 others like this.
  16. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    Yes! Thank you so much Paradise. Wow the impact statement by Mike’s mother was a tear jerker. Bless her heart.
  17. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Cousin Dupree, spike and Paradise like this.


    He was not over-insured. His income was said to be $200,000. Based on that alone, he could qualify for $4,000,000 in insurance. He had a daughter, a $240,000 mortgage, and his wife did not work. $2,000,000 invested at net 5 percent is only $100,000 per year to replace his income. He actually had $1,750,000 in life insurance.


    It was a 20 year term policy, which costs about $1,650 per year. He had one daughter, a $220,000 mortgage and his wife didn't work. He was not over-insured.
  20. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    :welcome: Thanks for the info!
    kdg411, Cousin Dupree and Paradise like this.

Share This Page