By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 14, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Denise Williams has been found guilty of plotting to kill her husband Mike Williams 18 years ago.
The jury deliberated for eight hours before reaching the verdict.
A Leon County jury convicted Denise Williams on charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, murder in the first degree and accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree.
Her defense attorney told reporters outside the courtroom that they plan to appeal.
“It’s terrible. It’s the wrong verdict on the evidence, but I think you have to respect the jury," said Ethan Way. "Obviously, I don’t believe she is guilty of any of the three counts, no one on the defense team does. Ultimately we respect it, but we will appeal it.”
The murder conviction comes with an automatic life sentence.
Mike Williams vanished on December 16, 2000. His friend - and Denise Williams' future husband - Brian Winchester confessed to fatally shooting Mike Williams while hunting on Lake Seminole. He led investigators to his body last year after being granted immunity by the state attorney. Winchester testified against Denise Williams at trial.
Denise Williams maintained her innocence, saying she had nothing to do with the murder. Her defense attorney said Winchester acted alone and implicated her only after he was sent to prison for kidnapping her at gunpoint in 2016.