Case Can't Get Much Crazier
A March 6 hearing to establish bond for Keller black widow Michele Williams reached a new level of lunacy in a case already loaded with surprises.
Using Williams' own son as a witness, the prosecution revealed evidence that Williams tampered with her GPS device, worked at a strip club while allegedly pregnant with twins and never visited a doctor.
At the request of the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, Judge George Gallagher reinstated Michele Williams' original bond of $520,000 on charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the 2011 death of her husband, Greg.
The off-the-books hearing occurred with no public notice. Williams, outfitted in leg shackles, offered a weak smile to her boyfriend, Gene Wallis, before testimony began.
Tarrant County assistant district attorneys Jack Strickland and Sheila Wynn proffered two witnesses to testify about Williams' behavior while previously out on bond: her probation officer, Lisa Hunt, and Lee O'Brien, Williams' son.
Hunt testified that Williams' GPS monitor showed her to be at PT's Mens Club in Dallas as well as several bars. When confronted, Williams said she was working at the strip club and at Big Shots Sports Cafe in Hurst.
When Hunt realized that Williams was not showing any signs of pregnancy, much less twins, Hunt began to dig deeper into Williams' GPS data. After reviewing all of the coordinates from August 2013 to January 2014, Hunt came to a startling revelation.
"There was not one visit to a doctor's office," Hunt said.
Hunt also offered evidence that Williams had tampered with her GPS monitor. Records indicated zero movement for 26 out of 30 days in November and 23 out of 31 days in December. Hunt characterized this as "highly unusual."
For the monitor to show no movement, Hunt said the wearer would have to be completely still. "Even if you are on strict bed rest, you are going to roll over," Hunt said. "It will record movement even in a very small space."
Lee O'Brien testified that his mother bragged about how she'd been able to remove her GPS device. At a family gathering at Sandy Lake Amusement Park in September 2013, O'Brien said Williams opened her purse and showed him the GPS monitor.
"She said she'd figured out a way to take it off in the shower," O'Brien said, adding that the case "has been a major stressor on our family."
"Our relationship is estranged. I do not see her as a mom anymore," O'Brien said.
Williams' attorney, Clay Graham, asked O'Brien if his attitude toward his mother was the result of her romantic relationship with his former friend, Gene Wallis.
"That plays into it [but it's not the whole reason]," O'Brien said.
Williams' case has been marked by elaborate lies and confusing statements to police. She first said an intruder, who hit her in the face and knocked her unconscious, killed her husband. She later changed her story to say Greg had committed suicide, but forensic evidence showed the gun was fired by someone else.
In October 2013, Williams reached a plea deal for deadly conduct and tampering with evidence. She admitted to wiping down the crime scene with bleach and firing a gun in Greg's direction.
In February 2014, she recanted her guilty plea during a sentencing hearing. A jury trial has been set for September 15, 2014.