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Sensational Texas murder case gets the 48 Hours treatment — with CultureMap's help

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Michele Williams is accused of murdering her husband
Michele and Greg Williams at a birthday party for their daughter shortly before Greg was killed. Photo courtesy of 48 Hours
Michele Williams and Greg Williams on their wedding day
Michele and Greg Williams married in 2008. Photo courtesy of Keller Police Department
Michele Williams and Gene Wallis
Michele is now dating Gene Wallis, a friend of her son's whom she met while Greg was still alive. Photo courtesy of 48 Hours
Michele Williams
Michele Williams was known as a doting housewife before she was accused of murder. Photo courtesy of 48 Hours
Michele Williams is accused of murdering her husband
Michele Williams and Greg Williams on their wedding day
Michele Williams and Gene Wallis
Michele Williams

Our sister website CultureMap Dallas gets a berth in the national spotlight when the CBS news magazine show 48 Hours looks at the strange case of accused murderer Michele Williams. The show's May 3 episode, called "Temptation in Texas," is described thusly: "Sex, bondage, affairs and murder — who killed a brilliant-but-feared businessman?"

"Sex, bondage, affairs and murder — who killed a brilliant-but-feared businessman?" 

The story delves into the bizarre life of Williams, dubbed the "Keller Black Widow," who was accused of killing her husband, Greg, in cold blood as their daughter slept in the next room. It follows the lead set by CultureMap Dallas managing editor Claire St. Amant, who broke the tale with an investigative piece that posed the question: Did Michele Williams get away with murder?

48 Hours has been working since January with St. Amant, who is featured prominently in the story. The episode also interviews Williams' family members such as her son Lee O'Brien and sister Laura Cusik.

The case has taken a number of bizarre twists and turns since CultureMap's first report. Williams initially reached a deal with Tarrant County on lesser charges, but she has since withdrawn her guilty plea and faces a jury trial in September. Her suspicious behavior after her husband's death adds another layer of intrigue.

Tune in to CBS (Channel 11) at Saturday at 9 p.m. to watch 48 Hours correspondent Peter Van Sant examine the complicated case. Here's a teaser:

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