More than three decades after the tragic murder of her ex-husband, Mary Beth Ann Williams was found not guilty of murdering her son and then dumping his body in a ditch.
In a verdict that could leave her behind bars, she was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Williams was originally charged with the death of her son, Richard, in 1989.
In the mid-1990s, she began a relationship with Richard, who died in 2008.
But in 2001, the pair got back together, and Williams became pregnant again.
When Richard’s body was found in a shallow grave in a Baltimore ditch, the judge found that Williams had been the cause of the death.
“I find no reasonable explanation for the actions of this defendant,” Judge Ronald Wieckiewicz told Williams during her trial.
She was acquitted of murder and assault and battery, but she was found guilty of neglect of a dependent and of making false statements to a police officer.
In her ruling, Wiecksiewicz wrote that Williams’ alleged actions were “grossly negligent” and that the evidence of domestic abuse and sexual abuse had “proved too strong” to be dismissed.
“She knew Richard was at risk, she knew that he was vulnerable, she felt guilty,” he wrote.
“She acted in a way that made her feel guilty.
She was not an innocent person.”
She has since been released from prison and is on parole, although she has been living in an undisclosed location with her husband.
But Williams’ lawyers said in a statement that the verdict had “damaged” their client.
“The jury was not satisfied with her initial testimony, and the verdict does not address her actions,” the statement said.
This verdict is a further slap in the face for Mary Beth.””
I believe that this case has done a tremendous amount of damage to Mary Beth and her family.”
This verdict is a further slap in the face for Mary Beth.