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Keller woman has plea deal withdrawn, murder charge reinstated

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A woman from the Fort Worth suburb of Keller set to be sentenced Monday for the 2011 shooting death of her husband instead had her guilty plea withdrawn by a judge.

Michelle Williams first claimed Gregory Williams was killed by an intruder, and then changed her story to say he committed suicide.

However, police said the physical evidence contradicted both stories. They believe she sedated him, then shot him to death and staged it to look like a home invasion.

Williams was charged with murder and pleaded guilty in October to tampering with physical evidence and deadly conduct.

Prosecutors asked a judge on Monday to withdraw the plea deal after a jailhouse interview Williams did with national TV show where she claimed she'd been falsely accused of her husband's murder.

She said she hoped doing media interviews would push her husband's killer to come forward, and said she had suspicions about who killed him.

Prosecutors said in a court motion they were obligated to take the deal back after Williams said she was innocent.

On the stand Monday, prosecutors reminded her of her previous plea deal to the lesser charges. When Williams took the stand, she said she couldn't admit to something she didn't do.

State District Judge Scott Wisch had finally had enough.

"If you are innocent, have a trial," said Wisch. "Let the chips fall where they may. If you are guilty, then stand up, speak up and get it out. Don't play games with yourself with your lawyers or with the system."

Williams now faces a reinstated murder charge for the death of her husband and a trial at a date to be determined. Williams' attorney has asked to withdraw from the case.

On the lesser charges, she could have been served as little as just over two years.

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