Keller woman who claimed intruder killed husband pleads guilty

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by MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 9 at 4:29 PM

KELLER — A Keller woman who told police an intruder fatally shot her husband in 2011 pleaded guilty Tuesday to deadly conduct and tampering with evidence.

Michelle Marie Williams, 44, originally told police a male dressed in black hit her over the head with a wrench and then shot her husband, Gregory Williams, in the right temple after entering their home through the back door in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, 2011.

She later told police her husband committed suicide and she staged the break-in and hit herself with a wrench in an attempt to shelter her 4-year-old daughter from the truth.

However, back in 2011, the victim's brother told News 8 his 40-year-old sibling was successful and strong.

"My brother had a family," he said. "My brother had everything going for him."

In exchange for a 20-year sentence, Williams admitted Tuesday to shooting her husband and then moving and cleaning his body in an attempt to throw investigators off, read a statement from the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.

Deputy Chief District Attorney Jack Strickland said the plea deal was made after consulting with the victim's family.

"There were serious legal and technical issues with the investigation that factored in this decision," he said in a statement. "Specifically, the defendant succeeded in destroying and doctoring evidence necessary to prove an intentional murder."

Williams also agreed to forfeit insurance benefits from the death of her husband.

A formal sentencing is scheduled on April 21.

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