Steven Williams, airforce vet accused of murder and chainsawing remains of ex-wife, Tricia Todd, could lose plea deal – Sheriff didn’t find body. Prosecutor could push for death penalty
Airforce vet Steven Williams, 30, admitted killing his ex-wife Tricia Todd, dismembering her remains with a chainsaw
Williams reached a plea for a reduced 35-year sentence
However, the remains of his wife of 10 years, a nurse and mother-of-one not found where he claimed to have dumped her
Prosecutor may scuttle plea bargain, go for trial and ask for death sentence
Sheriff William Snyder said Friday that most of Tricia Todd’s remains have not been found, and it appears she was dismembered by a chainsaw.
Airforce vet Steven Williams murdered his ex-wife Tricia Todd and dismembered her remains with a chainsaw
Crews continued to search the Hungryland Preserve in Martin County for her body after some remains were located Thursday night and a small amount of tissue was found Friday. The Sheriff said no significant missing body parts have been located.
Authorities concluded their search at Hungryland Preserve on Friday evening and confirmed that they won’t return to search at that site. The park has reopened to the public.
Investigators haven’t found the chainsaw or any other weapon involved in the case.
“We will not be satisfied until all of Tricia Todd’s remains are recovered,” said Snyder. “It’s going to be a long day.”
Crews on Thursday night located partial remains buried about three miles inside Hungryland Preserve in Martin County. Snyder said the remains were in a large plastic container about 3 feet in the ground and in the advanced stages of decomposition. The container was full of liquid that was some type of acid. There’s nothing conclusive to tell where Todd was killed.
The medical examiner is now working on an autopsy of the remains to confirm if they are Todd. On Thursday night, detectives said Todd’s former husband, Steven Williams, directed them to the location after pleading no contest to second-degree murder in exchange for a 35-year prison sentence.
Snyder said the Todd family agreed to the plea deal so they could gain closure. The sheriff said personally he would have done the same.
“I made a deal with the devil,” says prosecutor
Tricia and the couple’s daughter, Faith
Regarding the plea deal, Asst. State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl said Friday that justice is not often times perfect, but sometimes we have to take what we get.
Bakkedahl said if a court determines Williams broke the terms of the plea deal, the case could go to trial.
“This was premeditated murder, and I made a deal with the devil,” said Bakkedahl. “I will put this man on a slow bus to death row.”
The state attorney said Friday that Williams has been attempting to manipulate law enforcement and attorneys with lies the entire time and has shown no remorse.
“In my opinion, Williams broke the plea deal,” said Bakkedahl.
The deal had stated that Williams would be sentenced June 24 if he met the agreed terms.
He is currently on suicide watch, according to the sheriff’s office.
Tricia Todd: Mother of one and care giver
Williams and Todd: Family time before the divorce
Williams said he and his ex-wife got into an argument over money and he pushed her, causing her to fall and fatally hit her head, he then put her body in her car and drove to her house. However, he said he turned around when he saw lights on at the home he drove along Bridge Road, turned on a dirt road and dumped her body.
The plea bargain appears to be in jeopardy as Snyder said Williams did not disclose a second location of Todd’s remains, putting the plea deal in jeopardy.
“Clearly we’re not satisfied with what we have tonight, this is a wrinkle or a hurdle that we could not have anticipated, and the family with our agreement entered a negotiated plea, so we could recover Tricia Todd’s remains,” said Snyder.
Without the plea of no contest, the sheriff maintains that they would have never found the remains. Crews are now searching in another area of Hungryland preserve for more remains.
Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on June 24 if his deal goes through. Meanwhile the couple’s daughter Faith is staying with family, and a Crowdrise page for her has raised $2, 800 of its $10,000 goal as of Saturday morning.
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