Updated, July 21, 2016: A Gainesville psychiatrist was sentenced to two concurrent 25-year terms followed by 20 years probation Thursday for attempted murder and aggravated battery of her ex-husband, according to Alachua County Eighth Judicial Circuit documents.
Alexis Touchton-Williams, 40, said she shot her ex-husband, Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Williams, in self-defense, when he came to pick up their daughter while inebriated.
Seven people, including faculty at the University of Florida and close friends, wrote letters and gave testimonies in support of Touchton-Williams’ character.
Original story, May 27, 2016: Jurors in Gainesville took just 2 ½ hours May 26 to find Alexis Touchton-Williams guilty of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors had sought a conviction on attempted first-degree murder for the Feb. 6, 2014 shooting of Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Williams.
Prosecutors say Touchton-Williams said Frank Williams attacked her after showing up while intoxicated to pick up their 5-year-old daughter. She claimed she shot him in self-defense.
Williams told deputies that his ex-wife looked at him in an “awkward and strange way” while discussing disbursement of property and shot him.