Jurors’ heads are likely spinning after testimony in the punishment phase of Michele Williams’ murder trial. They will now decide the 45-year-old mother’s fate.
Michele was found guilty of murder and one count of tampering with evidence on September 29. She faces up to life in prison.
The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office called a parade of internal witnesses to discuss Michele’s behavior while out on bond, including allegations of faking a pregnancy, tampering with her GPS monitor and taking a secret beach vacation with her boyfriend.
Laura Cusick, Michele Williams’ older sister, was the final witness to take the stand. She said that Michele has a reputation for lying and not obeying the law.
The defense did not put on any witnesses, and Michele once again declined to testify on her own behalf. None of Michele’s prior behavior could be discussed during the guilt-innocence phase of her trial, but the jury is allowed to consider so-called “bad acts” when determining sentencing.
Probation officer Lisa Hunt testified that in October 2013, Michele asked for her GPS monitor to be loosened because she was pregnant and her ankles were going to swell. Someone other than Hunt granted the request.
“Had I been advised, I would have denied the request because I am not going to give them enough room to slip it off,” Hunt said. After the monitor was loosened, Hunt said she noticed an alarming lack of movement.
In December 2013, the monitor was completely at rest for 20 days out of 31. Her boyfriend, Gene Wallis, later testified that they went to Matagorda Bay in Galveston on vacation during that time. Upon further examination, Hunt said September through January showed similar patterns of lack of movement.
Perhaps even more interesting was the revelation that there was no proof of Michele’s alleged high-risk pregnancy with twin boys. She told Wallis, whom she began dating months after Greg’s death, that he was the father.
After reviewing all of the GPS coordinates from August 2013 to January 2014, Hunt did not find a single visit to a doctor’s office.
Danny Nutt, an investigator with the Tarrant County DA’s office, subpoenaed Michele’s medical records but was unable to find any evidence from any source that supports Michele’s claim that she was pregnant with twins.
Judge Scott Wisch, who recused himself from Michele’s case in February after she sabotaged her own plea deal, also testified. He said he took Michele’s word that she was pregnant.
“I don’t recall reviewing specific medical documentation when I was on the case,” Wisch said.
The prosecution also presented evidence that Michele had once been fired from her job at a dental office for suspicion of embezzling funds.
Laura Cusick, Michele’s older sister, was the final witness to take the stand. She said that Michele has a reputation for lying and not obeying the law.
In closing arguments, prosecutor Sheila Wynn asked the jury to “let the punishment fit the crime, and let the punishment fit the person.” The defense, meanwhile, pleaded for mercy.
“You’ve appealed to your sense of reason, and now I’m going to ask you to appeal to your sense of mercy,” attorney Clay Graham said.
New to the story? Catch up on the Michele Williams case here:
January 30, 2014: Keller black widow Michele Williams lands back in Tarrant County jail
September 22, 2014: Keller black widow Michele Williams goes on trial for her husband's murder
September 24, 2014: Interrogation video shows Michele Williams repeatedly denied husband's suicide
September 25, 2014: Prosecution plays 48 Hours episode during Michele Williams murder trial
September 26, 2014: Michele Williams doesn't testify in her own defense at husband's murder trial
September 29, 2014: Jury begins deliberations in Michele Williams murder trial
September 29, 2014: Jury finds Keller black widow Michele Williams guilty of murdering her husband