Husband held without bond in wife’s death

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published March 4, 2016

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WARREN — A Warren man accused of killing his wife in their home near Stephens and Hayes was ordered held without bond last week during his arraignment on a first-degree murder charge.

Devon Williams, 25, was taken into custody at 10:23 a.m. March 2 after police arrived at a home in the 23500 block of Columbus, where they found his wife, Michelle Williams, also 25, unresponsive.

Speaking after he was briefed on the situation, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said Devon Williams allegedly uttered the phrase “till death do us part” when he dropped his 2-year-old daughter off at his mother’s house. Concerned about the welfare of her daughter-in-law, his mother reportedly called the police. 

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said Devon Williams eventually left his mother’s home in Clinton Township and returned to the house on Columbus, where investigators who responded to check on Michelle Williams found him in his vehicle, apparently stuck in the driveway. He was reportedly taken into custody after police found his wife’s body in the house.

Devon Williams was formally charged with first-degree murder on March 4. Judge Matthew Sabaugh, of the 37th District Court, ordered him held without bond pending a court appearance now scheduled for 8:45 a.m. March 24. He remained in custody at the Macomb County Jail at press time and had requested court-appointed legal counsel, according to court records.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Devon Williams would face mandatory life in prison.

Police said the couple’s daughter is being cared for by her grandmother.

A GoFundMe page, set up by the victim’s sister to raise money for Michelle Williams’ funeral expenses and to assist the family in support of her daughter, had raised more than $8,600 at press time on March 10. The page is located at www.gofundme.com/bgsgwv4s.

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