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True Life Crime Profile: Richard Williams

Richard Williams


Jeanette Williams, was a woman that hadn't had the easiest of lives. In her 20's she was left paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair after being shot by her husband. In the years following her shooting she became addicted to crack cocaine.

At the age of 44 she had been occasionally living with Bruce and Michelle Gilmore. Bruce Gilmore took out a $25,000 life insurance policy on Jeanette Williams. In March of 1997, the Gilmores approached somebody they knew and asked him to kill Jeanette. He refused their offer but put them in touch with Richard Williams, who agreed to carry out the killing for $12,000.

On March 24, 1997, Jeanette Williams drove to a downtown area of Houston with the Gilmores and Richard Williams, who wasn't related to her. She thought that the reason for the trip was to buy cocaine. When they reached the spot, Bruce Gilmore stayed in the car while Richard Williams and Michelle Gilmore pushed Jeanette in her wheelchair to where the drugs were said to be. However, instead of getting drugs, Richard Williams grabbed Jeanette by the forehead and used a nine inch steak knife to slit her throat. Jeanette then fell from her wheelchair and Richard Williams stabbed her multiple times in the chest.

After Richard Williams had finished stabbing Jeanette, Michelle Gilmore got back into the car with her husband and they drove away leaving Richard Williams at the scene of the crime. They gave the friend that had put them in contact with Richard Williams $400 to give him in exchange for the killing and told him not to tell Richard Williams where they were going. Richard Williams was upset that he had been cheated out of money by the Gilmores and swore he would find and kill them.

The police officer that found the body of Jeanette Williams, first thought that she had been the victim of a hit and run. However, when he turned over the body he saw the hole in her neck and an investigation began. The investigation led them to the Gilmores who pointed the finger at Richard Williams. When confronted by the police, Richard Williams made a videotaped confession.

In October of 1997, Richard Williams was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death. On February 25, 2003, Richard Williams was executed by lethal injection. Bruce and Michelle Gilmore are both serving life sentences for their parts in the death of Jeanette Williams.