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Husband Convicted for First-Degree Murder of Wife

DATE:  December 21, 2015

CASE:  Michael Williams

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Matt Chisholm, Homicide Unit

Fifty-two-year-old Michael Williams was convicted by jury of first-degree murder.  The jury also found true a personal use of a deadly weapon allegation. 

Michael Williams’ wife, Tanganyika Williams, was planning on ending the marriage.  On July 8, 2014, the two were in Michael Williams’ van on 24th Street near Meadowview Road when he stabbed his wife twice in the neck and then fled the scene.  Mrs. Williams was able to exit the van and identify Michael Williams as her killer to bystanders and police officers.  She was pronounced dead 30 minutes later due to massive blood loss.  Williams was captured three weeks later when a citizen spotted him and called 911.  When Williams was captured, he was planning to take a bus to Oklahoma.

Williams has a prior conviction for shooting with intent to kill in 1992 in Oklahoma.  He shot his previous wife’s mother in the face when he tried to get back at his wife for leaving him. 

Williams faces a sentence of 56 years to life in prison.  Sentencing is set for January 29, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 62 before the Honorable Geoffrey Goodman.


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