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Widow Of Long-Missing Local Man Arrested, Now Faces Murder Charges

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent in Charge gives reporters an update on Mike Williams on Dec. 20, 2017. He's joined by Tallahassee Assistant State Attorney Jon Fuchs, whose office has also been working this case.
Sascha Cordner

The widow of a long-missing Tallahassee man is now facing first degree murder charges, following her Tuesday arrest. It’s the latest in the case, after authorities found Mike William’s body last year.

In late December, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced agents had found the body of Mike Williams, who went missing 17 years ago after allegedly heading to Jackson County for a duck hunt.

At the time, Mark Perez—the Special Agent in Charge—said FDLE did not want to disclose any information that could give the killer an advantage—like how or when the remains were found or how Williams died.

“By giving up those details, we unfortunately give up the advantage,” he said. “So, that’s why just not in this case—but across the board—law enforcement and prosecution like to withhold that information that only the perpetrator would know. So, for that very reason, we’re holding back the specifics of the case.”

For years, the case has been considered suspicious. Mike Williams' best friend, Brian Winchester, helped him write a $1 million insurance policy six months before he disappeared. Five years later, he married Williams' widow, Denise.

Winchester was sentenced to 20 years in prison last December for kidnapping Denise Williams. The discovery of Mark Williams' body was announced a day later.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.