Both sides weigh in on Williams family video

Published: May. 11, 2018 at 7:31 PM EDT
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By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News

May 11, 2018

Denise Williams' murder indictment comes nearly 18 years after her husband Mike Williams vanished while duck hunting in December 2000.

Her arrest Tuesday coincided with their daughter's birthday.

We discovered video of the couple in much happier times in our WCTV archives.

The footage from 1999 was taken at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital as Denise and Mike Williams welcomed their new baby.

Their daughter was born on Mother's Day eve, 19 years ago this week.

"We are just totally overwhelmed," Denise Williams said that day in 1999. "She was due Tuesday and she would have made me wait a whole 'nother year for Mothers Day so she came yesterday so I could enjoy this day with her."

"It was unbelievable," Mike Williams said that day in 1999. "I have a whole new respect for my wife and women in general and what they go through to bring a life into this world."

We were surprised to find that old footage.

Mike Williams' mother, Cheryl Williams told us "I want you to play it.

I want everyone to see it," she said. Williams also asked people to pray for the couple's daughter. "I am so worried about her. I can't imagine what she's going through right now."

We reached out to Denise Williams' defense attorney Ethan Way as well. He says the archive video "shows Mike and Denise were happily married, devoted to each other and loved that little girl."

The indictment issued this week says within a year of that baby's birth, Denise Williams started plotting her husband's murder.

Her attorney says she had nothing to do with it.

The indictment accuses Denise Williams of conspiring with her husband's friend, Brian Winchester.

That state attorney is not saying yet whether he will face charges in Mike Williams' murder.