GUILTY: Denise Williams, pictured above during closing arguments on Friday
A Florida woman has been convicted of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago.
Jurors convicted Denise Williams of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder Friday for her role in a case that has recalled the plot of the Hollywood classic ‘Double Indemnity.’
Prosecutors contended Denise Williams plotted the killing in a scheme seeking a $1.75 million life insurance payout.
Brian Winchester testified he had an affair with Williams and shot her husband in December 2000.
Mike Williams, 31, was pushed from his boat, then shot point blank by Winchester, his best friend, during a hunting trip 18 years ago this Sunday.
Winchester eventually married Williams but the relationship later soured.
Mike Williams was murdered while duck hunting near Tallahassee.
Florida prosecutors have said Denise planned the 2000 slaying of her husband Mike (pictured together on their wedding day) so she could get a $1.75million insurance payout
Denise, 48, (left, in court on Thursday) conspired to kill her husband Mike Williams with the help of her married lover Brian Winchester (right, in court Wednesday) nearly two decades ago in Florida
It was speculated at the time that he drowned and his body was devoured by alligators.
His buried body was found last year.
Attorneys for Denise Williams maintained Winchester lied to get revenge.
Denise Williams was convicted on all charges, which included conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree murder and accessory after the fact.
She faces a maximum life in prison, according to the
‘We got justice for Michael,’ his mother, Cheryl Williams, said.
As the verdict was read, Denise Williams was stoic and did not express emotion.