State drops fraud charges against Denise Williams

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 16, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- On Tuesday, the state announced it is dropping insurance fraud charges against Denise Williams.

In documents filed with the court Tuesday morning, prosecutor Jon Fuchs said their main goal of ensuring Denise Williams did not profit from her husband’s death has been fulfilled.

"We wanted to make sure that the Slayer Statutes for the State of Florida were being complied with," prosecutor Jon Fuchs said, "in that none of the monies that were given to Ms. Denise Williams were being used for her defense or she could benefit from them in any way."

Williams was sentenced to life in prison in December 2018 for the 2000 duck hunting disappearance and death of her husband Mike Williams.

Court documents show that Denise Williams’ assets have been transferred to the couple’s now grown daughter, Anslee. Court records show she signed an agreement saying she would not use the money to pay for her mother’s legal bills or appeals.

Defense attorney Ethan Way's comment on the decision to drop the fraud charges was just one word, "Pleased."

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