480 jurors summoned for Denise Williams murder trial

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 5, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (WCTV) -- The trial of a Tallahassee woman accused of plotting her husband's murder will start Monday, December 10.

Denise Williams is accused in the murder of her husband, Michael Williams, who disappeared while duck hunting back in December 2000.

The judge agreed Wednesday to a defense request for a 12-person jury.

Court administrators confirm 480 potential jurors have already been summoned for the case. 100 of them are expected to report on Monday.

Jury selection could last two days or more and testimony could stretch into a second week. If testimony continues into the week of December 17, the trial would overlap with the 18th anniversary of Michael Williams' disappearance.

Williams vanished December 16, 2000. His friend - and Denise Williams' future husband - Brian Winchester has confessed to shooting Michael Williams while hunting on Lake Seminole. He led investigators to his body last year, after being granted immunity by the State Attorney.

Denise Williams has maintained her innocence, saying she had nothing to do with the murder. Her defense attorney has said Winchester acted alone and implicated her only after he was sent to prison for kidnapping her at gunpoint in 2016.

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