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Suspect in teacher's shooting death faces her family in court

Posted December 12, 2016
Updated December 13, 2016

— People who know David and Michele Williams said Monday they were still trying to comprehend the Friday night shooting that left Michele Williams dead and David Williams facing criminal charges.

Michele Williams, 51, was found dead in her car Friday evening outside her parents townhouse, at 1219 Collington Drive in Cary. The home was riddled with bullet holes, and one shot went completely through the home, narrowly missing someone inside.

Neighbors heard multiple shots and called 911.

"It is real. It is loud, Six to seven shots. I don't want him to get into their house and hurt somebody else," a caller told a 911 dispatcher.

David Williams, 55, surrendered to police at nearby Cary Towne Center a short time later and was charged with murder.

Neighbors of the home the couple still owns together on Stone Home Lane near Garner said Monday that Michele Williams hadn't lived there for several years but that David Williams was always friendly as he walked and biked around the area. They said they were shocked by the shooting.

Michele Williams was a kindergarten teacher at Timber Drive Elementary in Garner, where she was described as dedicated, hardworking and loving.

Her family filled the first row of seats in a Wake County courtroom on Monday afternoon for David Williams' initial court appearance. They declined to comment after the hearing.

David Williams' employer, Duke Energy, said he has been placed on unpaid leave until the criminal case against him is resolved.


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  • Reggie Berryman Dec 13, 2016
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    What a pathetic, selfish human being...Just move on, at least for the kids sake!

  • Stuart Smythe Dec 13, 2016
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    The "unpaid leave," circumstance is if he is exonerated he can come back to work. If he is fired and found innocent, he would have a case against Duke Energy for unlawful termination.

    Divorce is heinous in how it can make two people who were in love hate so much that they want to antagonize or murder their spouse.

  • Josh Anderson Dec 13, 2016
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    Her family? If there are children, couldn't it also be his family? Or their family?

  • Byrd Ferguson Dec 12, 2016
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    "he has been placed on unpaid leave"

    He can't work much behind bars.

  • Jenny Miller Dec 12, 2016
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    Wow, he must of really loved her to do something like this...