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Appellate panel overturns life-sentence for Denise Williams

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Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 3:34 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2020 at 11:49 PM EST
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Updated: 11:40 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - An appellate panel dismissed first-degree murder charges against Denise Williams on Wednesday, overturning her sentence of life in prison.

The court upheld Williams’ conviction on a conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Williams was sentenced to life in prison in February 2019, in the death of her husband, Mike Williams. Mike disappeared in December 2000 while duck hunting Denise

Williams filed the appeal of her life sentence in January.

State Attorney Jack Campbell said his office is still working to understand the full scope of Wednesday’s ruling, but plans are in motion to figure out their next step.

“Unfortunately, it was pretty tragic that this was released on the afternoon before Thanksgiving,” he told WCTV’s Katie Kaplan. “We are already planning meetings for next week with appellate lawyers where we go through and pick apart this 19-page order, and try to understand what the options are and what the court told us and decide where we go from there.”

It’s a process Campbell said could take months and could possibly see the case elevate to the Florida Supreme Court.

The family of Mike Williams told WCTV they are “disappointed”. Campbell said for them, this latest development is the opening of a wound that they continue to grieve.

For Tallahassee, it is the latest chapter in a saga that won’t quite come to an end.

To read the full ruling handed down Wednesday, click here or see below.

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