Trial delayed for murder suspect Denise Williams

Published: Sep. 5, 2018 at 11:06 AM EDT
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By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News

September 5, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Denise Williams’ defense attorney asked a judge to delay her upcoming murder trial and the judge agreed.

The request was granted during a pretrial hearing Wednesday morning.

"We've had some logistical issues just getting people deposed and witnesses served and things like that. So, we just needed a little bit more time, but it's not going to be very long," defense attorney Ethan Way said after the hearing.

"Do you anticipate this going to trial this year then?"

"Yes," Way said.

Williams was set to stand trial September 24 for the December 2000 murder of her husband, Michael Williams.

Mike Williams disappeared during a duck hunting trip on Lake Seminole and his remains were found in December 2017. Authorities soon ruled his death a homicide.

An indictment alleged that Denise Williams and her ex-husband, Brian Winchester, plotted the murder over a nine-month period. Winchester was sent to prison in a separate case for kidnapping Denise Williams at gunpoint.

A new trial date for Denise Williams has not yet been set. It's likely to be scheduled at another court hearing on October 2.

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