In a regrettable case we reported on last Fall, Doctor Alexis Touchton-Williams was arrested last September, and found guilty of Attempted Murder this week, in the shooting of her former husband, Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Williams.
Jurors in the city of Gainesville needed less than 3 hours Thursday afternoon to convict the doctor of Second Degree Attempted Murder, as well as Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The prosecution argued for First Degree Attempted Murder, because they believe the evidence showed Touchton-Williams planned the shooting prior to her former husband’s arrival, which happened on February 6, 2015, at her home. Frank Williams told deputies that his former wife looked at him in a strange way as they were talking and then with no warning, pulled out a handgun and shot him. The bullet struck him in the arm.
The doctor was arrested by Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies on an original charge of Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and held on a $200,000 bond. When the charge was changed to Attempted Murder, the bail was raised to $950,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Williams, age 54, underwent surgery for the single gunshot wound to his arm. He was expected to fully recover.
At the time of her arrest, the doctor, age 39, told deputies that her ex-husband showed up at her house drunk, to pick up their 5-year-old daughter. She said he assaulted her, so she shot him in self-defense. Frank Williams verified that he arrived to pick up the little girl, but said the discussion quickly turned to how they would divide ownership of a large piece of property they owned jointly. He said her face suddenly turned into a strange expression and that – he testified – was when she picked up the gun and fired once.
The shooting happened in front of their 5-year-old daughter. It is not known whether the little girl testified about what she saw, but the jury said they did not believe the doctor’s version of events.
At the time of the shooting, Doctor Touchton-Williams was the president of Gainesville Psychiatry in the city of Tioga. Frank Williams is a well-known federal prosecutor.
Touchton-Williams was handcuffed and taken to jail immediately after the judge read the verdict. She is expected to be sentenced in late July and faces the possibility of many years in prison.