Update: PAROLE DENIED.
The parole of Michele Williams has been denied. Michele Williams
will not have another hearing until February 2017. Thank you to everyone
letters and forms to block this parole.
A Cold Calculated Murder
was shot three times by his wife.
Greg Williams after receiving his
degree in accounting from The Ohio State University.
Greg and Michele Williams appeared to
have a close and loving relationship. By all accounts they were
living the American dream. Greg met Michele while he was pursuing
an accounting degree at The Ohio State University. Michele was
a marketing major. They were college sweethearts and married after
Michelle graduated college in 1992.
Greg had a lot of ambition. He was a competitive
swimmer all throughout high school. After graduating Greg decided
he wanted to serve his country. He immediately joined the U.S.
Air Force and spent four years there. Greg then returned to Columbus,
Ohio to pursue his degree in accounting from The Ohio State University.
He worked the entire time he attended college in order to pay his
tuition. After receiving his accounting degree Greg set his sites
on becoming a CPA with a big firm. He achieved this goal when he
landed a job with Deloitte & Touche in Denver, Colorado. Greg
and Michele were avid skiers so relocating to Denver was a perfect
opportunity. Greg became a Senior Assistant Accountant for Deloitte & Touche.
The future looked bright for Greg and Michele.
During his time in Colorado, Greg and
his brother Geoff often discussed the possibility of opening a
pesticide and extermination business together. After spending 18
months in Denver, Greg and Michele decided to move back home to
Columbus. Greg and Michele missed their families and Greg decided
he was going to pursue the business with Geoff. A family friend
said they both were excited about moving back to their home town.
The dream of opening his own business would never happen for Greg
In late September Greg and Michele moved
back to Columbus Ohio. On Thursday September 30, 1993 Greg decided
to take a nap after a long morning of moving. Greg laid down on
the couch and fell asleep. He never woke up. Greg was shot 3 times
in the chest while he was sleeping. Greg was rushed to Riverside
Hospital. Doctors were unable to save him. Greg and Michele had
only been in Columbus for one day when Greg was killed.
Greg Williams (left) with his brothers
Chris and Geoff
and his father John.
Michele told police she saw a white male
in a maintenance uniform with a tool belt come in and shoot her
husband. She said the man then ran out the back door. This seemed
plausible until Michele gave conflicting stories to police. She
first told police that she was upstairs unpacking when she heard
the shots and ran down stairs. Then she told detectives that she
was in the kitchen. Investigators began to consider Michele Williams
as a suspect.
After searching the Williams home police
found the handgun used to kill Greg hidden in a duffle bag. They
determined the gun was purchased in Denver two weeks before Greg
and Michele moved back to Columbus. Police also found three shell
casings in Michele’s purse. In addition, they found a letter
from Michele to a secret boyfriend back in Denver. Police questioned
her boyfriend and immediately ruled him out as a suspect Greg's
murder. During the investigation, Police found that while in Denver
Michele had purchased a magazine called Paladin Press. The magazine
detailed how to assassinate, change identities, killing techniques,
as well as providing information on poisons. Based on the evidence
it became clear this was a cold, calculated, premeditated murder
committed by Michele Williams.
The only question that remained was why
would Michele murder Greg? Greg was an easy going, kind person.
If Michele wanted a divorce he would have been sad however he also
would have wanted her to be happy. He would have agreed to the
divorce. The motive became clear after investigators looked over
Greg's insurance policy with his former employer. Police learned
that the shooting took place just ten hours before Gregory’s
life insurance policy was set to expire. Michele was the sole beneficiary
of Gregory’s life insurance policy worth $300,000.
A Guilty Plea
Michele was arrested for Greg's murder.
Officers accused her of being a bad actress when she feigned illness
five times during her vastly publicized arrest. Her well planned
and rehearsed fainting spells became media fodder throughout her
Initially Michele pleaded not guilty to
the fatal shooting of her husband Greg. Michele knew she was facing
life in prison for aggravated murder along with a 3 year gun specification
charge. Michele was released on electronic house arrest. She was
ordered to stay at her parents’ home with the exception of
meeting with her attorney’s. Michele would not waiver from
her original story that claimed a maintenance man had shot her
Michele knew the evidence against her
was overwhelming. On May 12, 1994, Michele stood before a judge
and confessed to shooting her husband Greg in order to get a reduced
charge of murder. Michele provided no reason for the murder. According
the her boyfriend Michele was unhappy because Greg did not pay
enough attention to her and was not supportive of her career. The
judge sentenced Michelle Williams to 15 years to life in prison
plus a 3 year gun specification.
Michele Williams is a cold blooded murderer
who has served only the minimum 18 years of her life sentence.
She took the life of a brother, a son, and a friend to many. She
has never shown remorse for her actions and still refuses to accept
full responsibility for her crime. Greg will never get the chance
to spend the holidays with his family, know what it is like to
have children, or achieve his goal of having a business with his
brother. We believe releasing Michelle Williams at this time would
be an injustice to Greg Williams and his family. In addition releasing
her at this time would present a serious risk to the public. Based
on the facts of this case, and the fact Michele Williams has served
only her minimum sentence, we believe to further the interests
of justice Michele Williams should be denied parole at this time.
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