How an affair between Fla. woman, husband’s friend ‘snowballed’ into a plot to kill

Brian Winchester, who confessed last year to killing his best friend Mike Williams so he could spend the rest of his life with his wife, Denise Williams, told jurors Tuesday in detail how they planned to kill him and cash in on his insurance.

Winchester, emotional and choking back tears on the witness stand, took jurors through his twisted relationship with Denise Williams, from the day they began having an affair in 1997 to the morning he killed her husband on Lake Seminole in 2000 and beyond. 

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Under questioning from Assistant State Attorney Jon Fuchs, Winchester also walked jurors through the aftermath of the killing, his doomed, short-lived marriage to Denise Williams and their descent into paranoia as family members, law enforcement and the media began to suspect that Mike Williams didn’t die in a simple boating accident.

“We promised each other neither one of us would ever say anything,” Winchester said. “Because we knew the only way they’d get anything is if one of us talked.”

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Winchester, 48 and serving a 20-year sentence for kidnapping Denise Williams in 2016 after their relationship unraveled, testified as part of an immunity deal with prosecutors. As part of the deal, his testimony can’t be used against him in Mike Williams’ killing.

Before Winchester took the stand, Fuchs and defense attorney Philip Padovano delivered their opening statements in the trial of Denise Williams, who was arrested May 8 on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and accessory after the fact.

Fuchs said jurors will never hear a flat-out admission from Denise Williams that she masterminded his killing with her lover Winchester so they could be together and she could collect $1.75 million in life insurance.

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