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Man accused of shooting ex-wife and stepson angry over lights left on in house

Man accused of shooting ex-wife and stepson angry over lights left on in house

An American shot and killed his ex-wife and son-in-law over electricity consumption because they left the lights on for too long.

Michael Williams, 47, of Florida, is charged with killing Marsha Williams and her adult son, Robert Adams, 28, at the home they all shared.

Investigators say the suspect became angry at the Volusia County family home and told sheriff’s deputies he shot them when they attacked him.

“This is absolutely nonsense. This is an electricity debate,” said Deputy Chief Brian Henderson of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

“He felt they were leaving the lights on in the house, so he went and put a lock on the box outside the house that Marsha and her son cut to.”

Investigators say there was a confrontation between the group on Sunday evening September 18, after which Mr Williams called 911.

“I had my gun on me and while they were attacking me, I basically had to, basically I shot them,” he reportedly told the operator. “Did you shoot him? asked the operator.

“Yes, I shot him and his mother,” Mr Williams said.

When the deputies arrived at the scene, Mr Williams was waiting for them and turned himself in. The bodies of the victims were found inside the horn, along with the son-in-law’s unharmed children, aged five and six.

The suspect claims the shooting was done in self-defense after being attacked.

“He claims to have been violently attacked by these two. Now I don’t see anything on this guy,” Chief Deputy Henderson said.

“It doesn’t look like a violent attack to me that deserves to be shot multiple times.”

Officials say the couple had been married for 10 years before divorcing in June, but still lived together on the property.

The deputies had already been called five times to deal with verbal disturbances at home.

The suspect is being held without bond in the Volusia County Jail.

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