Eric “Mickey” Willis consulted a divorce lawyer to leave his wife. He wanted to end their marriage.
Instead, he took a bullet in the back of his head and his wife will head to prison for his murder.
A Harris County jury gave Cynthia Willis a 50-year sentence on Aug. 10 for the shooting death of her husband, Eric Willis. The 51-year-old Spring, Texas, resident was found guilty and convicted of murder after a week-long trial.
According to prosecutors, one of the couple’s four children described seeing his dad for the last time after he picked him up from school on March 9. 2018. Early the following day, Cynthia Willis entered his room erratically, then woke the child and his siblings up.
She informed them they were going to their aunt’s house to stay. They left in a hurry without packing clothes or other personal items.
After eight days, the couple’s landlord called the police to check the residence. Concerned friends and family couldn’t reach the couple and their children. Upon entry, police found Eric Willis’ body in the bed, covered with a comforter. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
The children told investigators their mother had confessed to them a day after leaving their home that she had hurt their dad.
Prosecutors told the court the defendant’s motive was Romantic troubles
During the trial, jurors also heard Cynthia Willis’ previous and violent criminal record. According to Houston Chronicle, in 1992, she was charged for assault causing bodily injury. Similarly, in 2000, Cynthia Willis was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The charge stemmed from an accusation of her stabbing Eric Willis with a kitchen knife after an argument. The charges were dismissed.
Again in 2005, Cynthia Willis was charged with threatening violence.
“Domestic violence is rampant, and the evidence showed how this woman abused her partner the same way that we so often see abuse by male partners. We thank the jurors for their service in these challenging times, and prosecutors and sheriff’s deputies for their hard work in seeing that justice was done,” said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, according to Click2 Houston.
Prosecutors described the 51-year-old victim as a good dad and entrepreneur who took care of his family.
Now, the justice system took care of his wife.
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