Was A Brilliant Businessman With A Taste For Bondage Killed By Someone He Loved? Saturday, May 3 on '48 Hours'

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May 1st, 2014

48 Hours Temptation in Texas

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WAS A BRILLIANT BUSINESSMAN WITH A TASTE FOR BONDAGE KILLED BY AN INTRUDER, SOMEONE HE LOVED OR HIS OWN HAND?

 

“48 HOURS: TEMPTATION IN TEXAS,” MAY 3, 2014, 10:00 PM, ET/PT

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Peter Van Sant and 48 HOURS investigate the death of a businessman with a taste for bondage and the overriding question of whether he was killed by an intruder, someone he loved or by his own hand in “Temptation in Texas,” to be broadcast May 3, 2014 on the CBS Television Network.

 

The investigation into what happened would uncover a web of strained relationships, allegations of extramarital affairs and plenty of potential suspects – many of whom feared the victim, Greg Williams. It’s also a case that was upended when the key witness, the victim’s wife Michele Williams, changed her version of events, including in an interview with 48 HOURS.

 

What is known for sure is that on Oct. 13, 2011, Greg Williams was shot dead in his home in a wealthy Dallas suburb. How it happened is up for debate. In the early morning hours, Michele, called police and said her husband had been shot by an intruder and she had been smashed in the face. Michele also said she saw the same assailant running from the house.

 

“Greg treated me like a queen,” Michele tells Van Sant. “I was his princess.” Michele says her husband put her on a pedestal in a way no man ever did before. “He showed me a world that, before him, I had no means to have,” she says.

 

Greg was known as a driven businessman with a big heart, but could also be a jerk, too, say those who knew him.

 

“I think I hated him the most,” says Lee O’Brien, Michele’s oldest son from a previous relationship. Lee worked for Greg at a computer consulting business. “He could cut you down. He could belittle you to the point where you would almost question yourself. And he did that to everyone.”

 

But who would want him dead? That’s what police wanted to know. They also wanted to know why the weapon – a gun owned by Greg – as well as the wrench Michele said she was hit with were wiped clean of fingerprints.

 

The allegations, infighting and intrigue read like a Hollywood script to Claire St. Amant, managing editor of the website CultureMap Dallas. She spent months investigating the story and is a consultant to 48 HOURS. “It is a tangled web of lies and relationships,” says Amant. “Lots of sex, lots of betrayal, lots of affairs.”

 

Indeed, there were the allegations of affairs, and Michele says Greg was into the bondage/domination scene. “He wanted a dominant woman,” she says. “He wanted to be submissive in that world because he was so dominant in the rest of the world.” Could the killer come from that world?

 

As the police investigated the death, Michele also confused matters by changing her story. After saying he was shot by an intruder, Michele told police Greg killed himself and she cleaned up to protect her young daughter from knowing her father committed suicide.

 

Police believed that Michele was the killer, but with little physical evidence after an exhaustive investigation, the district attorney was prepared to offer her a plea deal – pleading guilty to tampering with evidence and “deadly conduct.” For Michele, it was a way to remove the risk of going to trial and get a lighter sentence in order to get back home with her daughter sooner.

 

What seemed like a closed case was far from it. Just before the plea deal was completed, in an interview with 48 HOURS, Michele changed her story once again, turning the case is upside-down.

 

Who is telling the truth, though? Even Michele’s older sister Laura doesn’t believe what she says about anything. “If she’s talking, she’s usually lying.”

 

“Did you murder your husband, Greg?” Van Sant asks Michele.

 

“No, I did not,” Michele says.

 

Van Sant and the 48 HOURS team piece together the death of Greg Williams and the investigation into what happened through interviews with Michele; her sons, Lee and Andrew; her sister, Laura; Michele’s current boyfriend, Gene Wallis; and Greg Williams’ ex-wife, Kathy Williams. 48 HOURS: “Temptation in Texas” is produced by Ryan N. Smith and Alec Sirken. Mead Stone is the producer-editor and Jennifer Terker is the associate producer. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.

 

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