Woman convicted of plotting with lover to kill husband, collect $1.75 million life insurance benefits

Threesome twist revealed during testimony in Denise Williams’s trial

A Florida woman has been convicted of conspiring with her lover to kill her husband—18 years after he disappeared and she collected $1.75 million in life insurance benefits when his death was ruled an accident.

Denise Williams, 48, reportedly showed no emotion as the verdict was delivered Friday in Leon County after a week-long trial that included details of threesomes and drew comparisons to the film noir classic “Double Indemnity.”

She now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison after being found guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of her 31-year-old husband, Mike Williams, who vanished Dec. 16, 2000 on a duck hunting trip.

“We got justice for Michael,” the victim’s mother said to prosecutor Jon Fuchs, the Tallahassee Democrat reported Friday.

Denise Williams listens during her trial for the murder of her husband Mike Williams, in Tallahassee, Florida.
((Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat via AP, Pool)

Cheryl Williams refused to believe her son drowned and was eaten by alligators, the newspaper reported.


Prosecutors said Denise Williams hatched the murder plot with a man who was her husband’s best friend — and her lover, Brian Winchester.

He became the prosecution’s star witness, testifying that they killed Michael Williams so they could be together and collect on life insurance policies by making the murder look like an accident, according to the reports.

Winchester sold Mike Williams one of those policies, worth $1 million.

Winchester told the jury that plans to make the murder look like a drowning went awry when Michael Williams’ duck-hunting equipment failed to drag him underwater.

He testified that he wound up shooting Michael Williams in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun and then burying the body near a lake, according to reports.

The New York Post reported that Winchester and Denise Willaims carried on their secret relationship until 2005 when they married.


But 11 years later they divorced and soon after he was arrested for kidnapping Denise Williams at gunpoint to convince her not to turn him in to police, according to the paper.

Eventually, he confessed to killing Michael Williams in exchange for immunity and led authorities to the body.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Diddy Honors Kim Porter On Her Birthday One Month After Heartbreaking Death With Sweet Video

Diddy took to Instagram on Dec. 15, one month since ex Kim Porter’s shocking passing, to post a touching video tribute to celebrate her birthday just hours after celebrating their twin daughters’ birthdays.

Diddy, 49, put his grief on public display when he posted a sweet birthday tribute to his late ex Kim Porter on Dec. 15, one month since her heartbreaking passing. The rapper’s tribute came in the form of a touching video that showed clips of him with Kim as well as an interview of him talking about his love for her. “I’ve been in love with Kim almost all my life, you know,” Diddy says in the clip. “She’s the one that’s really rolled with me through everything, so that’s definitely like my queen, you know, and there’s only one crown, only one king, there’s only one queen, you know, and that’s who she is.”

In addition to sharing the special post, Diddy took the opportunity to wish Kim, who would have turned 48, a Happy Birthday through the caption. “Happy Birthday Kim. We love you and we miss you. #KimPorterDay,” his caption read. Diddy also just celebrated the birthday of his soon-to-be 12-year-old twin daughters, D’Lila and Jessie, who he had with Kim, the night before on Dec. 14. He shared video clips to Instagram that showed him attending the 80s themed party and explaining that even though their birthday is technically not until Dec. 21, they were celebrating early since people tend to go away for the holidays.

Diddy definitely made sure the party was a success with high energy and good vibes which is impressive considering the tough time he and his family have been going through since Kim’s unexpected passing last month. Although Diddy wasn’t romantically involved with Kim at the time of her death, he’s been making sure the world knows how much love he still had for her through his posts and the heartwarming eulogy he gave at her funeral.

We’ll be on the lookout for any more special birthday posts Diddy and other members of Kim’s family continue to share.

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Interior Secretary Zinke stepping down, says Trump

Washington: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said on Saturday.

Trump, in tweeting Zinke's departure, said the former Montana congressman "accomplished much during his tenure" and that a replacement would be announced next week. The Cabinet post requires Senate confirmation.

Zinke is leaving weeks before Democrats take control of the House, a shift in power that promised to intensify probes into his conduct. His departure comes amid a staff shake-up as Trump heads into his third year in office. The president on Friday named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as his next chief of staff.

Zinke, 57, played a leading part in Trump's efforts to roll back environmental regulations and promote domestic energy development. When he recently travelled to survey damage from California's wildfires, Zinke echoed Trump's claims that lax forest management was to blame in the devastation.

He pushed to develop oil, natural gas and coal beneath public lands in line with the administration's business-friendly aims. But Zinke has been dogged by ethics probes, including one centred on a Montana land deal involving a foundation he created and the chairman of an energy services company that does business with the Interior Department.

Investigators also are reviewing Zinke's decision to block two tribes from opening a casino in Connecticut and his redrawing of boundaries to shrink a Utah national monument.

Zinke has denied wrongdoing.

The Associated Press reported last month that the department's internal watchdog had referred an investigation of Zinke to the Justice Department.


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Time’s Up Just Launched A Mentorship Program That Could Help Make Hollywood More Inclusive

Time’s Up’s latest initiative could change the creative landscape of Hollywood for the better in a major way. On Friday, Dec. 14, Time’s Up Entertainment announced a new mentorship program that will focus on increasing the presence of people of color, as well as those from other underrepresented groups, at the executive and production levels in the entertainment industry. The program is called "Who’s in the Room," and it’s being funded by a $5,000 grant from CBS, according to the Los Angeles Times. The first group will consist of 10 mentees who will be in the program for nine months.

In a press release, Executive Director of Time’s Up Entertainment Nithya Raman explained, "The fact is that young people are dropping out of the industry because they are not being provided the support to succeed — this program provides them that targeted support. We thank CBS for funding this important program and feel extraordinarily grateful to have such a committed and talented group of industry leaders lending their time and talent to shape this program."

The program will focus on people in entry level positions and assistants who have the potential to transition into executive roles. While this is far from the first mentorship program in Hollywood, "Who’s in the Room" aims to be a hands on experience that will include weekly check-ins and monthly teaching events on subjects ranging from industry topics to financial management. Additionally, mentees will each have access to a $10,000 fund designed to help them with business projects, basic needs, and emergencies.

Having such a comprehensive mentorship program in place could lead to a more inclusive version of Hollywood, where the people in charge of greenlighting films and TV series will come from a variety of backgrounds with unique voices. "There is nothing short of an urgent need at the moment to have the people who buy, create and promote entertainment content be more representative of the people we serve,” said Jenno Topping, the President of Film and Television at Chernin, in Time’s Up’s release.

By committing to making sure more people have the tools necessary to succeed within the industry, Time’s Up Entertainment is also betting on a trickle down effect that will lead to projects that speak to people from all walks of life. The more inclusive the entertainment industry is at an executive level, the more creative the projects coming out of Hollywood have the potential to be in the long run.

"Who’s in the Room" is just one more example of how much good Time’s Up has done since it’s launch on Jan. 1. The initiative has also launched the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund — which is helping women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those from disadvantaged economic backgrounds fight against sexual harassment and discrimination in the work place — and fundamentally changed the conversation about equality and representation in Hollywood.

Throughout 2018, the passionate group of activists and entertainers who came together to form Time’s Up have made sure their initiative hasn’t lot any momentum, and with the announcement of this new mentorship program, it seems clear that they’re going to continue to fight for industry change in 2019, as well.

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Who is Luisana Lopilato? Michael Buble's wife and mother to their three children

She has been by Michael Buble's side as he has soared to worldwide stardom. Here's the story of how the Argentine model wooed the Canadian hunk.

Who is Luisana Lopilato, how old is she and what is her background?

The blonde beauty, 31, was born in May 18, 1987, in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, where she was raised with her brother Dario and sister Daniela.

She became a child actress at the age of eight when she starred in the TV series Mi familia es un dibujo, which translates into English as "my family is a drawing" before she was cast, at the age of 12, in Chiquititas, or Tiny Angels, a popular children’s musical TV show in Argentina.

This show also launched her singing career and she went on to record four soundtrack albums for the show as well as star in a spin-off film of the programme.

Luisana has mostly worked on screen in Argentina but appeared in an Italian mini-series and this year starred in a Hollywood film called Fair Market Value.

When did Luisana Lopilato start modelling?

Luisana dabbled in modelling as a child but only started properly at the age of 19 when she became the face of the underwear brand Promesse and then went on to become the face of Ultimo.

She has represented brands including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Gillette and Argentinian fashion company 47 Street.

Lopilato's stunning appearance has also attracted her over three million followers on Instagram.

How did she meet Michael Buble?

Luisana appeared in Michael's Haven’t Met You Yet music video in 2009.

The pair instantly hit it off, and got engaged later that year.

They married in April 2011.

In August 2013, the happy couple welcomed their first child, a son called Noah.

On January 22, 2016, she gave birth to their second child, another son who they named Elias.

The couple welcomed their third child on July 26, 2018, and named their daughter Vida Amber Betty.

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Biden Team Floats Beto O’Rourke As VP Running Mate For 2020

Democrats could see a Biden-O’Rourke ticket in the 2020 election.

Joe Biden’s friends and advisers are floating the idea of tapping Beto O’Rourke as a potential running mate in the 2020 presidential election. The former Vice President hasn’t announced official plans to run, but if he does, his team has suggested the Texas Democrat as a way to capture the younger voices in the party, reports the Associated Press.

Joe Biden, 76, is concerned that he may be considered too old to run for president in a party that is hungering for a younger point of view. At his age, he would be the oldest person ever elected president, three years older than when Reagan was re-elected. To help alleviate the concerns, Biden’s team has suggested that the former Vice President tap the 46-year-old Texas representative as his running mate because he has fired up the progressive, and often younger, wing of the party.

Biden has pointed to his age and experience as evidence that he is ready for the role of president, calling himself the “most qualified person in the country to be president.”

“The issues we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life,” he said.

But critics within the party worry that you can’t excite younger voters with candidates who have been around a long time.

“Can you mobilize younger voters with older candidates? Bernie showed us that you can, but can you effectively mobilize a winning coalition with an older candidate? That is our conundrum, and I would suggest you probably can’t,” said Dale Todd, an Iowa Democratic activist.

“We want freshness coupled with experience; we also want energy and passion in our candidates.”

O’Rourke ran against incumbent Ted Cruz in the 2018 mid-term elections and while he lost the race, his bid raised a great deal of attention and hype, along with a stunning $80 million in donations. For his part, O’Rourke hasn’t said whether he wants to make a run at the presidential office, but speculation has been rampant that he may be interested. At a town hall meeting in Austin, Texas, O’Rourke left the door open.

“No decision, no decision on that,” he said about 2020.

Since the mid-term election, O’Rourke has been actively criticizing and mobilizing against some of President Donald Trump’s more notable policies, including those on health care and immigration. He recently spent time at the migrant facility in Tornillo, Texas, where thousands of immigrants are being held, and in Juarez, where asylum seekers await the chance to petition for asylum in the U.S.

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Hundreds join yellow vest demo in Dublin in solidarity with French protests

Hundreds of people in Dublin have taken to the streets in solidarity with the French yellow vest demonstrations.

Protesters donned yellow vests and some had hard hats, while others tied scarves over their faces.

Those who gathered outside the Custom House overlooking the River Liffey before marching to parliament at Leinster House included pro-Palestinian organisations and socialist republicans.

Others involved in the gathering said they were concerned about the use of fluoride in the public water supply. While anti-Government chanting could be heard.

The "yellow vest" movement in France, which takes its name from the fluorescent safety vests French motorists must carry in their vehicles, emerged in mid-November as a protest against fuel tax increases.

It soon expanded into an expression of rage about the high cost of living in France and President Emmanuel Macron’s policies.

It comes as tear gas has been fired on the streets of Paris during a fifth week of nationwide protests against the French government.

Ignoring calls not to demonstrate following a gun attack in Strasbourg earlier this week, thousands of ‘yellow vest’ activists were out in a huge show of strength.

In Paris, police were out in force to contain possible outbursts of violence.

Tear gas was fired at small groups of protesters in brief clashes with riot police near the Champs-Elysees.

Close by, a handful of topless activists from the feminist protest group Femen faced security forces a few meters away from the Elysee Palace, the president’s residence.

The ‘yellow vest’ movement started in mid-November with protests at junctions and roundabouts against fuel tax increases, but quickly became a wider mobilisation against Macron’s economic policies.

Successive weekends of protests in Paris have lead to vandalism and violent clashes with security forces.

But several major stores, such as the Galeries Lafayette, were open to welcome Christmas shoppers.

Numbers were down compared to Saturday last week, a police source said.

Loic Bollay, 44, marching on the Champs-Elysees in a yellow vest, said the protests were more subdued than in previous weeks but the movement would go on until the demonstrators’ grievances were addressed.

"Since the Strasbourg attack, it is calmer, but I think next Saturday and the following Saturdays… it will come back."

The Interior Minister said around 69,000 police were active on Saturday with a reinforced presence in the cities of Toulouse, Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne.

A police source told Reuters some 16,000 protesters had been counted in France, excluding Paris, by 11am, compared to 22,000 at the same time on December 8.

In Paris, where groups of hundreds of protesters marched in splintered groups in several neighbourhoods, 85 had been arrested by around midday, according to a Paris police official.

On Friday, President Macron called for a return to calm in France after nearly a month of protests by the so-called ‘yellow vest’ movement against his government’s policies.

The demonstrations have hit growth and caused widespread disruption.

"France needs calm, order and a return to normal," Macron said, after a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels.

In a televised address to the nation on Monday, Macron announced wage rises for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners in further concessions meant to end the movement but many said they would maintain pressure.

The government, as well as several unions and opposition politicians called on protesters to stay off the streets on Saturday, after four people were killed in a gun attack at a Christmas market in the historic city of Strasbourg.

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Parents say priest told mourners that son may be kept out of heaven over suicide: report

Maison Hullibarger died earlier this month.

A Catholic priest in Michigan is facing criticism after he presided over the funeral of an 18-year-old who killed himself earlier this month and told mourners at the service that the teen may be kept out of heaven due to the way he died, reports said.

The parents want the priest who presided over his funeral removed after they say he disparaged and condemned their son during the service.

Maison Hullibarger, 18, a straight-A student, killed himself on Dec. 4. His funeral was on Dec. 8, and Rev. Don LaCuesta said the mass.

LaCuesta mentioned “suicide” six times and wondered out loud if the teen had repented enough to make it to Heaven, Hullibarger's family said. At one point Jeff Hullibarger, the teen's father, walked over to the priest and whispered, "Father, please stop," to no avail.

"We wanted him to celebrate how Maison lived, not how he died," Maison's mother said.

The words were so hurtful that the family said Catholic officials in Detroit apologized in a statement to the Detroit Free Press. Hullibarger's parents want LaCuesta removed from his post in Monroe County, just south of Detroit.

"Everybody seems to understand but the Catholic Church," said Jeff Hullibarger.

The couple also claims that LaCuesta denied them the chance to eulogize their son, as had been discussed in advance. Several boys the same age as Maison walked out of the church crying, the couple said.

"People told me there was almost a smirk on his face," Jeff Hullibarger said.

The Catholic Church has backed off its tough stance on suicide in recent years, finding that it can be forgiven under certain circumstances.

In a Thursday statement to the paper, the Archdiocese of Detroit said its hope "is always to bring comfort into situations of great pain, through funeral services centered on the love and healing power of Christ,” and that "unfortunately, that did not happen in this case."

"After some reflection, the presider agrees that the family was not served as they should have been served. For the foreseeable future, he will not be preaching at funerals and he will have his other homilies reviewed by a priest mentor,” it continued.

The Hullibargers said an apology isn’t enough.

"Really, the only way for that to happen is for this priest to be removed. We’re afraid that, like the Catholic Church does, they’ll send him off and he’ll do it to somebody else," Jeff Hullibarger said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Kanye West shuts Ariana Grande’s song promotion down in Twitter tirade

Kanye West isn’t having Ariana Grande‘s commentary during his massive Twitter spree.

“I know Ariana said this to be cool and didn’t mean no harm but I don’t like even slightest level of slight commentary from someone I know loves and respects me,” West wrote on Saturday morning alongside a screenshot of the pop singer’s tweet poking fun at his feud with Drake to promote a new song.

“All of this foolishness weighed on my mental health so @ArianaGrande you know I got love for you but until you’re ready to really make sure everyone’s ok don’t use me or this moment to promote a song,” he added.

On Thursday, Grande, who was prepped to drop her latest single, “Imagine,” at midnight, chimed in, “guys, i know there are grown men arguing online rn but miley and i dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u.”

Miley Cyrus was also releasing her version of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” with Mark Ronson and Sean Ono Lennon, quoted Grande’s tweet and added, “Didn’t they hear the news ?! War IS over ! Thank you , next! ❤️💛💚💜.”

The rappers’ ongoing social media spew that started Thursday afternoon was initially targeted at Drake and has since gone into tangents regarding his own mental health, religion and drug use.

“Drake called trying to threatened (sic) me,” said West in one of his tweets at the beginning of his Twitter rant, and added, “There would never be a drake without a Kanye west so never come out your mouth with a threat.”

Although the reason behind the feud is unclear, many music fans think Drake’s reference to a girl named Keke in his song “In My Feelings,” refers to West’s wife of four years, Kim Kardashian — who eventually got involved in the social media storm.

“@drake Never threaten my husband or our family. He paved the way for there to be a Drake,” Kardashian said. “My husband is the most brilliant person, the most genius person that I know. He has broken so many boundaries, everything from music, stage design, fashion and culture and will continue to change the world.”

In his Saturday tweetstorm, the “I Love It” rapper explained that his constant Twitter posts were a result of being off drugs.

“I’m loving the new music I’ve been working on. 6 months off meds I can feel me again,” he wrote. “Remember when dark fantasy came out I used to tweet a storm also.”

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Unseen portrait of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spotted by fans now emerges

Everyone knows that the royals love a good portrait, they’re good for posterity.

Eagle-eyed fans previously noticed one of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in pride of place in none other than the Queen’s room earlier this year – and it’s now emerged.

The cute snap was one of many portraits taken of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during their engagement shot, but there was one keen difference.

This one was a special secret, as it hadn’t been seen before except on the Queen’s table.

But now, thanks to what must be some sort of Photoshop genius, we can now see the photo in all its glory – albeit slightly pixelated.

It was first spotted by fans in the background of a snap of the Queen when she met Australia’s High Commissioner George Brandis at Buckingham Palace earlier this year – and people were desperate to see it in full-size.

The photo has now appeared on Instagram fan account Meghanmania, and royal family fans are delighted.

One commented: "Beautiful photo!"

The stunning picture shows Prince Harry, in a navy suit, and Meghan Markle, in a light blue dress looking loved up as always.

In the photo, the Duchess of Sussex is wearing the Cromford Top and Arreton Skirt in light blue, by designer Rolan Mouret.

Her engagement ring is front and centre, of course.

Fans noticed another key detail when the snap first appeared on the Queen’s side table: it was actually replacing a photo of some other royals.

Rhe image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared to have replaced one of Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Lawrence.

The portrait of the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne and Timothy dressed in Navy uniforms was last seen in April to the right hand side of the lamp. Awkward.

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