Florida man, 47, shoots dead his ex-wife, 48, and her son, 28, in front of his two young children during argument over the electric bill – suspect claims he fired in self-defense
- Michael D. Williams, 47, of Deland, Florida, was arrested on September 18 after he called 911 and admitted to shooting her ex-wife and her son
- He claimed Marsha Ebanks-Williams, 48, and Robert Adams, 28, had violently attacked him and he shot them because he ‘had to, basically’
- Authorities question his narrative, citing that he did not appear to have any bodily harm in his mug, despite claiming the pair punched him in the face
- Williams told police the ex-couple were fighting about the electricity usage and that she and her son cut the lock off the box he had installed
- Ebanks-Williams, a mental health coach, had called police several hours ahead of the attack, seeking ‘legal advice’ about ‘who controls the power’
- Adams’ children Jeramiah and Faith, 5 and 6, were also inside the home during the shooting but were unharmed. Police are interviewing them as ‘witnesses’
- Williams is being held without bond and was charged with two counts of first-degree premeditated murder
A Florida man allegedly shot his ex-wife and her son in front of his two young children during an argument over the electric bill in the home the divorced couple shared.
Michael D. Williams, 47, of Deland – near Orlando – was arrested on September 18 by the Volusia Sherriff’s Office after he called 911 and admitted shooting her ex-wife Marsha Ebanks-Williams, 48, and her son Robert Adams, 28.
‘Yes, I shot him and his mother,’ Williams told the dispatcher, according to the 911 recording, obtained by WESH. ‘I had my weapon on me and while they were attacking me, I basically, I had to, basically. I shot them.’
The Sheriff’s Office questioned his narrative that he was punched in the face and kicked by the mother and son, citing his mugshot photo showing no visible signs of injuries.
‘He claims he was violently attacked by these two, now, I don’t see anything on this guy,’ Chief Deputy Brian Henderson said at a press conference. ‘This does not look like a violent attack that warrants being shot multiple times.’
Williams – who has a history of domestic violence and child abuse – surrendered to police without incident around 8pm and told police he and Ebanks-Williams were arguing over the electricity usage, according to the Volusia Sheriff’s Office.
Ebanks-Williams, a mental health coach, had called police several hours ahead of the attack, seeking ‘legal advice’ about ‘who controls the power,’ Henderson said.
Michael D. Williams, 47, of Deland (pictured) was arrested on September 18 by the Volusia Sherriff Office after he called 911 and admitting to shooting her ex-wife Marsha Ebanks-Williams, 48, and her son Robert Adams, 28
Ebanks-Williams (pictured) had reportedly called police hours before the shooting asking for ‘legal advice’ after her and Williams got into an argument over the electricity usage
Adams’ children Faith and Jeramiah (pictured with their dad) were inside the home at the time of the shooting, but were unharmed. Police believe they are witnesses to the murders and are being interviewed
‘Michael was upset, he felt that they were leaving the lights on in the house and he went and put a lock on the box outside of the house, to which Marsha and her son cut,’ Henderson said.
Inside the home during the shooting was Adams’ two children Jeremiah and Faith, five and six, who remained unharmed. The children do not live in the home, but in a residence in Tallahassee.
‘We do believe they may have been a witness to this homicide,’ Henderson said. ‘You have a five and six-year-old that likely witnessed their father getting murdered.’
The Sheriff’s Office is working with the Florida Depart of Children and Families (DCF) and the Child Protect Team to interview them.
Williams was surrendered to police without incident (pictured) after calling 911 and admitting to the dispatcher that he shot the pair. He claimed they violently attacked him and he ‘basically had to’ shoot them to protect him
Police question his narrative, citing his mugshot (pictured) not showing that he had any bodily harm
Police recovered the gun, which was ‘locked in a box’ inside the residence, as well as, the victim’s bodies
Henderson also revealed that deputies have been to the residence ‘about five times this year’ for non-physical domestic disputes between the couple, who divorced in June. They had been married for 10 years.
None of those calls ended with charges, Henderson said.
After police arrived at the scene, they met Williams in the driveway of the home, which the ex-couple shared.
As part of the divorce proceedings, it was agreed that Williams could live there, but Ebanks-Williams was supposed to be selling the house and they would split the profits.
He appeared in court on Monday (pictured) and was charged with two counts of first-degree premeditated murder
Deputies found the gun ‘secured in a box’ inside the home alongside the dead bodies.
Williams was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail on Monday and remains without bond.
He also appeared in court on Monday and was charged with two counts of first-degree premeditated murder.
Ebanks-Williams, who was a mental health coach, and Williams have called police ‘about five times this year’ over non-physical domestic disputes, according to police
The pair were married for 10 years before they divorced in June
Adams (pictured with his wife) and his mother reportedly cut the lock off the electricity box outside of the house that Williams installed to control their electricity usage, which sent him into a rage