The trial against a woman who reportedly planned the murder of her husband has revealed a troubling web of business, threesomes, and dull spring break breaks between the married couple and the accused's ex-lover.
Denise Williams, 48, who has been accused of murdering her first husband, Mike Williams, appeared in court on Wednesday for the second day of her lawsuit.
Prosecutors have argued that Denise, with the help of Mike's best friend, Brian Winchester, had planned his death when he disappeared on a lake near Tallahassee 18 years ago, while they could hunt together.
Additional testimonies claimed that Winchester, who married Mike in 2000 after Mike's death and had admitted last year to have killed him, was the person who helped Mike fill in forms for $ 1 million life insurance, and who also helped Denise to apply for the funds after he was killed.
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The lawsuit against Denise Williams (which is being proposed in court on Wednesday), which reportedly planned the murder of her first husband, Mike Williams, has revealed a web of affairs and threesomes between the couple and the ex-beloved of the suspect, Brian Winchester
On Wednesday, more disturbing details were revealed when the court heard about the close friendships of Mike, Denise, Winchester (photo) and the ex-wife of Winchester, Kathy Thomas
Mike, Denise, Winchester and Winchester's ex-wife, Kathy Thomas, were all good friends and attended Christian School North Florida together. Mike, Denise, Winchester can be seen in their yearbook photos & # 39; s
On Wednesday, more disturbing details were revealed when 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 good friends and attended Christian School in North Florida.
The couples were high school sweethearts and would go on double dates, but their relationships went far beyond that it was revealed.
Photos were presented by Denise and Thomas, who were said to be of a sexual nature but were not shown to those present in court. The photos showed the two women kissing during a spring break to the beach of Panama City after the death of Mike.
During Winchester's testimony he reportedly said the court: "It's Denise's photo" with my first wife Kathy of a sexual nature. & # 39;
But according to the Post, Kathy told the authorities that they, Denise and Winchester had a trio during a trip before Mike disappeared in 2000.
Mike's mother, Cheryl Williams, also took the position on Wednesday.
Cheryl testified shortly before a judge in Tallahassee and told her that Denise threatened to keep her grandchild away from her if she did not stop looking for her son, according to WTXL.
Photographs were presented by Denise and Thomas, who kissed them during a spring break to Panama City after Mike's death. During Winchester's testimony he reportedly said the court: "It's been Denise's photo with my first wife Kathy of a sexual nature."
Mike's mother, Cheryl Williams (pictured), also testified briefly on Wednesday to a judge in Tallahassee, stating that Denise threatened to keep her grandchild away from her if she did not stop looking for her son. Cheryl is shown here in a Crime Watch Daily interview
Local meteorologist Jennifer Meyers for WTXL gave Wednesday updates in court and passed 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 of a gun on his head and his body was buried at a lake.
Winchester's confession in 2017 resulted in Denise's arrest in May about murder, fraud, conspiracy and post-invoicing accessory.
On the second day of the lawsuit against Denise on Wednesday, the mother of the latter, Mikey, was the last to take the position.
Prior to Cheryl's assertion, her other son, Nick Williams, testified about her attempts to find Mike after he went missing and to pressure the authorities to keep the investigation open.
From January 2015, Cheryl wrote a total of 240 letters to Governor Rick Scott with the request to personally engage him and to deal with her son's murder case correctly, to find out that none of those letters reached him, according to the Democrat of Tallahassee.
That was after three years of fighting to even consider law enforcement to reopen the case of her deceased son.
From January 2015, Cheryl wrote a total of 240 letters to Governor Rick Scott with the request to personally step in and deal with her son's murder case, to find out that none of those letters reached him
Thanks to WTXL
To start the day, the judge started asking questions to Mike's famous killer, Winchester, who came out of the jury, including whether there was a discussion about what to do with insurance money from Mike's death, reported WTXL.
The judge asked whether there was a plan for him to individually gain access to insurance funds or any discussion about a plan? Winchester did not say to both.
"We wanted to be together, but the money was just icing on the cake," he said.
After an interrogation Denise's lawyer pointed to Winchester and asked if he was a murderer and a liar, and Winchester said to both: "Yes, sir."
During the first day of the trial, Winchester described how he and Williams would have committed Mike's murder during their three-year affair.
Winchester told the court that his friend Mike had told him that he no longer had sex with him and that he was suspected of her activities.
He said the growing mistrust and the fact that one of Mike's insurance policies was about to expire him and led Denise to kill him.
& # 39; We knew that our chance to close closed & # 39 ;, testified Winchester.
At the time of his death, Mike had three life insurance policies worth $ 1.75 million, of which Winchester reportedly helped him to write.
Winchester then sadly described the plot to kill Mike.
He had invited Mike Duck Hunting on a cold December morning and Winchester said he had planned to drown him by pushing him out of his canoe.
But he said he was panicking when he saw Williams wrestle in the water to get out of his jacket and shoot waders and shoot them down.
Florida prosecutors battled Tuesday that Denise had planned the 2000 murder of her husband Mike (both pictured) so she could get an insurance payment of $ 1.75 million
Denise, now 48, was arrested in May and accused of murder, fraud, conspiracy and complicity in connection with Mike's death. He disappeared in December 2000 during duck hunting near Tallahassee
He started to scream and I did not 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 near him and he was in the water, and when I came by, I shot him down, & # 39, he said.
He said that he dragged Williams' body back to the side, put him in his truck and buried him hours later.
& # 39; When I shot it, it was dark and there was a bright flash, & # 39; testified Winchester, add it later, & # 39; I had to make it happen, I had no choice. & # 39;
He also described helping the rescue teams to search for the body of his friend.
& # 39; I think that (my father and I) were the last. My father did not want to give up … He loved Mike. & # 39;
The first day of the lawsuit ended before Denise's lawyers were given the opportunity to question Winchester again.
Denise's lawyer, Philip Padovano, told the members of the jury on Tuesday that there is no evidence that his client had an affair with Winchester or that she participated in the murder.
Denise eventually marry Winchester five years after her husband's death, but their relationship faded and they divorced later.
Mike's body was only found last year after prosecutors offered Winchester immunity in the murder case, while he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for kidnapping Denise at gunpoint.
Denise had requested a divorce from Winchester in 2015 and Winchester feared she would tell the authorities about his involvement in Mike's murder.
Winchester kidnapped her in August 2016 and promised not to reveal her supposed secret. After she was released by Winchester, Denise went to the authorities and reported the abduction.
When Winchester was arrested, prosecutors offered Winchester immunity from all charges related to Mike's death if he confessed the details of the murder plot.
Authorities found Mike & # 39; s body and Denise was arrested five months later.
Denise's lawyer, Philip Padovano, told the jurors on Tuesday that there is no evidence that his client had an affair with Winchester or that she was involved in the murder.
& # 39; There is no tangible evidence or physical evidence to involve Denise Williams in this crime, & # 39; said Padovano. & # 39; No confession, no admission, nothing. & # 39;
The lawyer told them that Winchester had been given immunity from assassinations in exchange for his testimony and that he received a lighter penalty in his abduction.
To deny Denise, Padovano told the jury that "you'll have to rely on the word of a murderer and a convicted criminal."
Mike and Denise were lovers in high school and married in 1994 before welcoming a daughter five years later. The child was 18 months old when her father disappeared and she is now 18 years old.
Mike married his high school sweetheart Denise in 1994 and five years later welcomed a daughter with her. The child was 18 months old when her father disappeared and is now 18 years old
Denise (pictured with her daughter in a photo shared by Mike's mother on Instagram), is currently being tried for the murder of her first husband in 2000
Mike disappeared on what would have been the sixth wedding anniversary of the couple.
Authorities launched an extensive 44-day search for Mike & # 39; s body after he disappeared in 2000.
Six months after his disappearance, wading birds believed to belong to Mike were found in perfect condition in the search area. Reportedly, they did not show signs of an alligator attack.
Without a body, Denise requested that her husband be dying because of an accidental drowning and that she had collected her benefit on death.
Denise is handcuffed from her administration office on 18 September at the Doak Campbell Stadium after a grand jury of Leon County accused her of first-degree murder of Mike
Other witnesses called up on Wednesday included Sargent Richard Wooten, who worked as an undercover officer at the Florida Department of Law enforcement to connect with Denise, and Timothy Langland, specialist in insurance compliance, who explained the insurance claim that Mike asked for. and stated Denise as the sole beneficiary.
Winchester helped Mike to request a $ 1 million policy in April 2000, at a time when Mike also had a $ 250,000 policy. It is believed that Mike also had another policy to total the amount of $ 1.75 million.
Dr. Lisa Flannagan, a medical researcher, examined Mike's body when it was found in Carr Lake.
She observed skull fractures and bird-shot pellets in the skull and ruled the cause of death as a shotgun to the head and / or face.
A former colleague of Mike, named Angela Stafford, testified that Denise and Winchester & # 39; very friendly & # 39; opposed to Mike and others during a concert at a place called Floyd's in 1997.
Howard Drew, a friend of Mike, also testified that he taught Mike what to do if water came into his waders, which is relevant to Denise's claim that Mike had probably drowned to kill him after he was missing for five years and collect his insurance money.
Dr. Stephen Mnookin was also called to the tribune and testified that Winchester had told him that the best way to talk to Denise was to kidnap her, and that he was worried about talking to the police about his role in Mike & # 39 ; s murder.
Denise married Winchester in December 2005 before they divorced in 2016.