In Florida on December 11, a man serving time for kidnapping his wife testified at her murder trial that she had been involved in their plan to murder her husband in 2000. The two had known each other and one another’s spouses since high school. They began an affair in 1997, and in 2000, the man murdered her husband. Five years later, they married.
The 48-year-old man received an immunity deal from prosecutors that means they cannot use his testimony against him. During his testimony, he said she did not want to get a divorce. Allegedly, they discussed killing both of their spouses, but he did not want to murder his child’s mother. They finally settled on a boating accident.
However, as the woman’s husband struggled in the water, he panicked and shot him in the head. He then disposed of the body, washed his truck and joined the search party. The two did not cash in on the insurance money immediately because they did not want to look too eager, but in the years ahead, both their families and law enforcement started to become suspicious about the husband’s death.
People who are facing charges for crimes such as these may want to consult an Orlando, Florida, murder and violent charges attorney. In some cases, such as this one, a person might be able to make a deal with prosecutors that involves testifying about someone else’s involvement in exchange for a lighter sentence or some type of immunity. In other cases, a witness or other involved person’s account could be called into question. For example, if there is no forensic evidence to back up someone’s testimony, a jury might consider it less reliable.
Source: Tallahassee Democrat, “Denise Williams trial: Brian Winchester testifies affair ‘snowballed’ into plot to kill,” Karl Etters, Jeff Burlew December 12, 2018