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Jury finds Williams guilty of murder charge

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

After deliberating for about 2½ hours, a Platte County jury on Thursday came back with a guilty verdict in the murder case against Jimmy Williams, 48.

He was convicted of first degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of his former son-in-law, Thadd Mize, 28, in December.

"The trial went basically as expected," said Tammy Glick, interim prosecutor for Platte County.

She said the jury made a recommendation that Williams be sentenced to life in prison without parole on each count. Judge Abe Shafer is expected to officially sentence Williams, who remains in Platte County Jail in lieu of a $2 million cash bond, on Nov. 14.

"I'm very satisfied with the verdict," Glick said.

Prosecutors claimed that Mize was shot so his ex-wife, Chrysta Mize, the daughter of Williams, could collect on a $155,000 fraudulent life insurance policy.

Thadd Mize's former wife and mother-in-law also face charges related to the killing. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial in Platte County Circuit Court.

Mize's girlfriend, Jennifer Monroe, recalled how Mize, talking to her on is cell phone on Dec. 12, described his former in-laws pulling alongside his car in a van and shooting him. Prosecutors also played a 911 tape recording of Monroe rushing to the scene and trying to help Mize.

During her closing argument, Glick told jurors about a life insurance policy that Thadd Mize claimed was forged and fraudulent shortly before he was killed. The prosecutor said that during Mize's 10-year marriage to Chrysta Mize the victim was intimidated by Williams and feared him.