Day two in Denise Williams' trial over allegedly murderous ploy to get $1.75m insurance payout

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The mother of the Florida man who was killed in an alleged murderous plot for insurance money by his then-wife and childhood best friend, who later married, took the stand on Wednesday in day two of the trial over his killing.

Cheryl Williams testified briefly on Wednesday before a judge in Tallahassee, sharing that Denise Williams, who has been charged with the murder of her son, Mike Williams, threatened to keep her grandchild away from her if she didn't stop looking for her son, WTXL reported.

Testimony - Brian - Winchester - Denise - Mike

Additional testimony alleged that Brian 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.

Prosecutors have argued that Williams, with the help of Winchester, planned Mike's slaying when he vanished while duck hunting on a lake near Tallahassee 18 years ago so they could be together.

Boat - Body - Alligators - Years - Williams

Initially it was believed that he had fallen from his boat and that his body had been devoured by alligators. It was revealed years later that Williams 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.

Day - Denise - Trial - Wednesday - Person

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.

January - Cheryl - Total - Letters - Governor

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...
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