Michael D Williams: Florida man, 47, shot dead ex-wife and son after argument over electricity consumption
Volusia Sheriff's Office said that Williams was arrested on September 18 and charged with two counts of first-degree murder
DELAND, FLORIDA: A domestic dispute turned bloody after a man fatally shot his ex-wife and son during an argument about electricity consumption and leaving the lights on in the house, as per the authorities. Michael D Williams, 47, was arrested after he allegedly killed his ex-wife Marsha Ebanks-Williams, 48, and son Robert Adams, 28, at the DeLand home he still shared with his ex-wife following their divorce in June after a marriage of 10 years. Williams also has a criminal history.
According to a statement by Volusia Sheriff's Office on Facebook, Williams was arrested on Sunday evening, September 18, and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the deaths of his ex-wife and son. Williams called 911 himself before 8 pm and told the officials that he shot them in "self-defense." The Sheriff's Office responded to the call from the Daytona Park Estates neighborhood and said that they found Williams sitting in the driveway in a parked vehicle where he surrendered while the officials found the dead bodies of Ebanks-Williams and Adams inside. Chief Deputy Brian Henderson said that detectives had learned that the reason behind the murders was an altercation between Williams and his ex regarding electricity consumption in the home. As per reports, Williams and Ebanks-Williams would regularly call cops during verbal spats pertaining to the property and living arrangements.
The Sheriff's Office said, "Detectives determined the defendant and his ex-wife had been involved in an ongoing dispute over domestic issues including electrical power to the house, where they were both still living following their divorce in June after 10 years of marriage. The victim and defendant had each called the Sheriff’s Office on occasions over the past several months to document verbal arguments about the property and living arrangements. However, there were no allegations of domestic violence or any threats of violence."
Florida man kills ex-wife and son over electricity consumption
The statement read, "On Sunday, Williams explained he had shut off power to the house, locked the electrical panel, and left. He said he came back to discover the victims had cut the lock, restored power, and placed a new lock on the panel. That led to the argument that led to Williams fatally shooting both victims." Arguing his self-defense, Williams told the police that he was "attacked, held down and punched repeatedly in the face during the argument." But when he was arrested by the police, he had no injuries that would suggest a major physical altercation. Chief Henderson said at a news conference Monday, September 19, "Michael was upset that 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, which Marsha and her son cut. So he became upset and that started this argument, which ultimately resulted in these two people being shot and killed."
When the police went inside the house, they found Adams’ two children, aged 5 and 6, who were unharmed and were visiting from Tallahassee. The authorities believe that the children might have witnessed the violence. While the police tried to contact their mother, the state Department of Children and Families came to assist.
According to Daily Mail, William has a criminal history that includes arrests several years ago in another jurisdiction for domestic battery, child abuse, and battery on a law enforcement officer. However, he was not convicted of any of these charges. He was transported to Volusia County Branch Jail on Monday, September 19, and remains there with no bond.