Woman who ‘plotted husband’s murder had affairs and threesomes before his death’

The trial of a woman who allegedly planned her husband’s murder has revealed a disturbing web of affairs, threesomes and saucy spring break snaps between the couple and the accused’s ex-lover.

 

Denise Williams, 48, who has been charged with the murder of her first husband, Mike Williams, appeared in court Wednesday for the second day of her trial.

 

Prosecutors have argued that Denise, with the help of Mike’s best friend, Brian Winchester, planned his death when he vanished while duck hunting on a lake near Tallahassee 18 years ago so they could be together.

 

Additional testimony alleged that Winchester, who married Denise after Mike’s death in 2000 and confessed to murdering him last year, was the person who helped Mike fill out forms for a $1million life insurance policy, and also helped Denise apply for the funds after he was killed.

 

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Denise, 48, who has been charged with the murder of her first husband, Mike Williams, appeared in court Wednesday for the second day of her trial

Denise, 48, who has been charged with the murder of her first husband, Mike Williams, appeared in court Wednesday for the second day of her trial

Denise Williams is seen in court on Wednesday

Denise Williams is seen in court on Wednesday

The trial of Denise Williams (pictured in court Wednesday), who allegedly planned the murder of her first husband, Mike Williams, has revealed a web of affairs and threesomes between the couple and the accused’s ex-lover, Brian Winchester

 

On Wednesday, more disturbing details were revealed as the court heard about the close friendships of Mike, Denise, Winchester (pictured) and Winchester's ex-wife, Kathy Thomas

On Wednesday, more disturbing details were revealed as the court heard about the close friendships of Mike, Denise, Winchester (pictured) and Winchester's ex-wife, Kathy Thomas

On Wednesday, more disturbing details were revealed as the court heard about the close friendships of Mike, Denise, Winchester (pictured) and Winchester’s ex-wife, Kathy Thomas

 

Mike, Denise, Winchester and Winchester's ex-wife, Kathy Thomas, were all close friends and attended North Florida Christian School together. Mike, Denise, Winchester are seen in their yearbook photos  

Mike, Denise, Winchester and Winchester's ex-wife, Kathy Thomas, were all close friends and attended North Florida Christian School together. Mike, Denise, Winchester are seen in their yearbook photos  

Mike, Denise, Winchester and Winchester’s ex-wife, Kathy Thomas, were all close friends and attended North Florida Christian School together. Mike, Denise, Winchester are seen in their yearbook photos

 

On Wednesday, more disturbing details were revealed as the court heard about the close friendships of Mike, Denise, Winchester and Winchester’s ex-wife, Kathy Thomas.

 

According to the New York Post, all four were close friends and attended North Florida Christian School together.

 

The couples were high school sweethearts and would go on double-dates, but their relationships went much further than that it was revealed.

 

Photos were presented of Denise and Thomas, which were said to have been of a sexual nature but were not shown to those present in the court. The photos showed the two women kissing during a spring break trip to Panama City Beach after Mike’s death.

 

During Winchester’s testimony he reportedly told the court: ‘They are photographs of Denise with my first wife Kathy of a sexual nature.’

 

But according to the Post, Kathy told authorities that she, Denise and Winchester had a threesome on a trip before Mike disappeared in 2000.

 

Mike’s mother, Cheryl Williams, also took the stand on Wednesday.

 

Cheryl testified briefly before a judge in Tallahassee, sharing that Denise threatened to keep her grandchild away from her if she didn’t stop looking for her son, according to WTXL.

 

Photos were presented of Denise and Thomas, which showed them kissing during a spring break trip to Panama City after Mike's death. During Winchester's testimony he reportedly told the court: 'They are photographs of Denise with my first wife Kathy of a sexual nature'

Photos were presented of Denise and Thomas, which showed them kissing during a spring break trip to Panama City after Mike's death. During Winchester's testimony he reportedly told the court: 'They are photographs of Denise with my first wife Kathy of a sexual nature'

Photos were presented of Denise and Thomas, which showed them kissing during a spring break trip to Panama City after Mike’s death. During Winchester’s testimony he reportedly told the court: ‘They are photographs of Denise with my first wife Kathy of a sexual nature’

 

Mike's mother, Cheryl Williams (pictured), also testified briefly on Wednesday before a judge in Tallahassee, sharing that Denise threatened to keep her grandchild away from her if she didn't stop looking for her son. Cheryl is shown here in a Crime Watch Daily interview

Mike's mother, Cheryl Williams (pictured), also testified briefly on Wednesday before a judge in Tallahassee, sharing that Denise threatened to keep her grandchild away from her if she didn't stop looking for her son. Cheryl is shown here in a Crime Watch Daily interview

Mike’s mother, Cheryl Williams (pictured), also testified briefly on Wednesday before a judge in Tallahassee, sharing that Denise threatened to keep her grandchild away from her if she didn’t stop looking for her son. Cheryl is shown here in a Crime Watch Daily interview

 

Local meteorologist Jennifer Meyers for WTXL provided updates from inside the courtroom on Wednesday, relaying Cheryl's testimony

Local meteorologist Jennifer Meyers for WTXL provided updates from inside the courtroom on Wednesday, relaying Cheryl's testimony

Local meteorologist Jennifer Meyers for WTXL provided updates from inside the courtroom on Wednesday, relaying Cheryl’s testimony

 

Initially it was believed that he had fallen from his boat and that his body had been devoured by alligators. But it was revealed years later that Mike had died from a shotgun blast to the head and his body was found buried near a lake.

 

Winchester’s confession in 2017 resulted in Denise’s arrest in May on murder, fraud, conspiracy and accessory after the fact charges.

 

In day two of Denise’s trial on Wednesday, the last person to take the stand was Mike’s mother, Cheryl.

Before Cheryl took the stand, her other son, Nick Williams, testified about her efforts to find Mike after he went missing, and to pressure authorities to keep the investigation open.

 

Beginning in January of 2015, Cheryl wrote a total of 240 letters to Governor Rick Scott asking for him to personally step in and properly handle her son’s murder case, only to learn that none of those letters reached him, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

 

That was after fighting for three years to even get law enforcement to consider reopening the case of her dead son.

 

Beginning in January of 2015, Cheryl wrote a total of 240 letters to Governor Rick Scott asking for him to personally step in and properly handle her son's murder case, only to learn that none of those letters reached him

Beginning in January of 2015, Cheryl wrote a total of 240 letters to Governor Rick Scott asking for him to personally step in and properly handle her son's murder case, only to learn that none of those letters reached him

Beginning in January of 2015, Cheryl wrote a total of 240 letters to Governor Rick Scott asking for him to personally step in and properly handle her son’s murder case, only to learn that none of those letters reached him

Courtesy of WTXL 

 

To start the day, the judge began asking questions of Mike’s confessed killer, Winchester, that came from the jury, including whether there was a discussion about what to do with insurance money from Mike’s death, WTXL reported.

 

The judge asked if there was a plan for him to access insurance funds individually or any discussion about a plan? Winchester said not to both.

 

‘We wanted to be together, but the money was just icing on the cake,’ he said.

 

On cross-examination, Denise’s attorney pointed at and asked Winchester if he was a murderer and a liar, and Winchester said, ‘Yes, sir,’ to both.

 

During the first day of the trial, Winchester detailed how he and Williams allegedly plotted Mike’s murder during their three-year affair.

 

Winchester told the court that his friend Mike told him Denise had stopped having sex with him and that he was growing suspicious about her activities.

 

He said the growing suspicion and the fact that one of Mike’s insurance policies was about to lapse led him and Denise to kill him.

 

‘We knew our window of opportunity was closing,’ Winchester testified.

 

At the time of his death Mike had three life insurance policies worth $1.75million, which Winchester reportedly helped him write.

 

Winchester then tearfully described the plot to kill Mike.

 

He had invited Mike duck hunting on a cold December morning and Winchester said he had intended to drown him by pushing him from his canoe.

 

But he said he panicked when he saw Williams struggling in the water to get out of his jacket and duck waders and shot him.

 

Florida prosecutors contended on Tuesday that Denise planned the 2000 slaying of her husband Mike (both pictured) so she could get a $1.75million insurance payout

Florida prosecutors contended on Tuesday that Denise planned the 2000 slaying of her husband Mike (both pictured) so she could get a $1.75million insurance payout

Florida prosecutors contended on Tuesday that Denise planned the 2000 slaying of her husband Mike (both pictured) so she could get a $1.75million insurance payout

 

Denise, now 48, was arrested back in May and charged with murder, fraud, conspiracy, and accessory after the fact in the relation to Mike's death

Denise, now 48, was arrested back in May and charged with murder, fraud, conspiracy, and accessory after the fact in the relation to Mike's death

Mike disappeared in December 2000 while duck hunting near Tallahassee

Mike disappeared in December 2000 while duck hunting near Tallahassee

Denise, now 48, was arrested back in May and charged with murder, fraud, conspiracy, and accessory after the fact in the relation to Mike’s death. He disappeared in December 2000 while duck hunting near Tallahassee

 

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‘He started to yell and I didn’t know how to get out of that situation. I had my gun in the boat, and so I loaded my gun and I just made one or two circles around and I ended up circling closer towards him and he was in the water, and as I passed by, I shot him,’ he said.

 

He said he dragged Williams’ body back to shore, put him in his truck and buried him hours later.

 

‘When I shot him, it was dark and there was a bright flash,’ Winchester testified, adding later, ‘I had to make it happen, I had no choice.’

 

He also described helping the rescue crews search for his friend’s body.

 

‘I think (my father and I) were the last ones. My dad didn’t want to give up… He loved Mike.’

 

The first day of the trial ended before attorneys for Denise had a chance to cross-examine Winchester.

 

Denise's attorney, Philip Padovano, told jurors on Tuesday there is no evidence his client was having an affair with Winchester or that she helped plot the killing 

Denise's attorney, Philip Padovano, told jurors on Tuesday there is no evidence his client was having an affair with Winchester or that she helped plot the killing 

Denise’s attorney, Philip Padovano, told jurors on Tuesday there is no evidence his client was having an affair with Winchester or that she helped plot the killing

 

Denise eventually went on to marry Winchester five years after her husband’s death but their relationship soured and they later divorced.

 

Mike’s body wasn’t found until last year after prosecutors offered Winchester immunity in the murder case while he was being sentenced to 20 years in prison for kidnapping Denise at gunpoint.

 

Denise had filed for divorce from Winchester in 2015, and Winchester feared she would tell authorities about his involvement in Mike’s murder.

 

Winchester kidnapped her in August 2016 and made her promise not to reveal their alleged secret. After she was released by Winchester, Denise went to authorities and reported the kidnapping.

 

When Winchester was arrested, prosecutors offered Winchester immunity from any charges related to Mike’s death if he confessed the details of the murder plot.

 

Authorities found Mike’s body and Denise was arrested five months later.

 

Denise’s attorney, Philip Padovano, told jurors on Tuesday there is no evidence his client was having an affair with Winchester or that she helped plot the killing.

 

‘There’s no tangible evidence or physical evidence to connect Denise Williams to this crime,’ Padovano said. ‘No confession, no admission, nothing.’

 

The lawyer told them that Winchester has been given immunity from murder charges in exchange for his testimony and that he was given a lighter sentence in his kidnapping case.

 

In order to find Denise guilty, Padovano told the jury that ‘you will have to rely on the word of a murderer and a convicted felon’.

 

Mike and Denise were high school sweethearts and married in 1994 before welcoming a daughter five years later. The child was 18 months old when her father vanished, and she is now aged 18.

 

Mike married his high school sweetheart Denise in 1994 and welcomed a daughter with her five years later. The child was 18 months old when her father vanished and is now aged 18

Mike married his high school sweetheart Denise in 1994 and welcomed a daughter with her five years later. The child was 18 months old when her father vanished and is now aged 18

Mike married his high school sweetheart Denise in 1994 and welcomed a daughter with her five years later. The child was 18 months old when her father vanished and is now aged 18

 

Denise (pictured with her daughter in a photo shared to Instagram by Mike's mother), is currently on trial for her first husband's 2000 murder

Denise (pictured with her daughter in a photo shared to Instagram by Mike's mother), is currently on trial for her first husband's 2000 murder

Denise (pictured with her daughter in a photo shared to Instagram by Mike’s mother), is currently on trial for her first husband’s 2000 murder

 

Mike disappeared on what would have been the couple’s sixth wedding anniversary.

 

Authorities launched an exhaustive 44-day search for Mike’s body after he vanished in 2000.

 

Six months after his disappearance, waders believed to belong to Mike were found floating in perfect condition in the search area. They reportedly showed no signs of an alligator attack.

 

Without a body, Denise petitioned to have her husband declared dead due to accidental drowning and she collected his death benefits.

 

Denise is led out of her accounting office at Doak Campbell Stadium in handcuffs on September 18 after a Leon County grand jury indicted her on a charge of first-degree murder of Mike

Denise is led out of her accounting office at Doak Campbell Stadium in handcuffs on September 18 after a Leon County grand jury indicted her on a charge of first-degree murder of Mike

Denise is led out of her accounting office at Doak Campbell Stadium in handcuffs on September 18 after a Leon County grand jury indicted her on a charge of first-degree murder of Mike

 

Other witnesses called on Wednesday included Sargent Richard Wooten who worked as an undercover officer with the Florida Department of law enforcement to make to make contact with Denise, and Timothy Langland, an insurance compliance specialist, who explained the application for insurance that Mike applied for and listed Denise as sole beneficiary.

 

Winchester helped Mike apply for a $1million policy in April of 2000, at a time when Mike also already had a $250,000 policy. It’s believed Mike also had other policies to total the $1.75million amount.

 

Dr Lisa Flannagan, a medical examiner, examined Mike’s body when it was found at Carr Lake.

 

She observed skull fractures and birdshot pellets within the skull, ruling the cause of death as a shotgun shot to the head and/or facial area.

 

A former colleague of Mike’s, named Angela Stafford, testified that Denise and Winchester were ‘very friendly’ toward each other in front of Mike and others at a concert at a place called Floyd’s in 1997.

 

Howard Drew, a friend of Mike’s, also testified that he taught Mike what to do if water got into his waders, which is relevant to the claim made by Denise that Mike had likely drowned, in order to pronounce him dead after he had been missing for five years and collect on his insurance money.

 

Dr Stephen Mnookin was also called to the stand and testified that Winchester had told him that the best way to talk to Denise was to kidnap her, and that he worried she would talk to police about his role in Mike’s murder.

 

Denise married Winchester in December 2005 before they divorced in 2016.

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