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Florida woman convicted of role in husband's 2000 killing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida woman has been convicted of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago.

Jurors convicted Denise Williams of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder Friday for her role in a case that has recalled the plot of the Hollywood classic “Double Indemnity.”

Prosecutors contended Denise Williams plotted the killing in a scheme seeking a $1.75 million life insurance payout.

Brian Winchester testified he had an affair with Williams and shot her husband in December 2000. He eventually married Williams but the relationship later soured.

Mike Williams disappeared while duck hunting near Tallahassee. It was speculated at the time that he drowned and his body was devoured by alligators. His buried body was found last year.

Attorneys for Denise Williams maintained Winchester lied to get revenge.

The Associated Press