A Florida man killed his ex-wife and stepson in rage over the weekend for leaving lights on inside the home, law enforcement officials said.
Michael D. Williams, 47, was arrested Sunday night and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Marsha Ebanks-Williams, 48, and Robert Adams, 28, according to the sheriff’s office. of Volusa.
The incident happened at a home in Deland, about 35 miles north of Orlando.
Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brian Henderson said a person, who identified himself as Michael Williams, dialed 911 just before 8 p.m. Sunday and said he shot and killed two people at the inside the house he shared with his ex-wife.
Deputies found Williams sitting in a vehicle parked in the driveway he drove to and was arrested without incident, Henderson said.
When deputies entered the house, they found the victims dead. Adams’ two children, ages 5 and 6, were found unharmed in the home.
Williams and his ex-wife had been embroiled in an ongoing dispute over domestic issues, including the power supply to the home, where they both still lived after their divorce in June after 10 years of marriage, according to the office of the sheriff.
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Williams told investigators he shut off the power to the home, locked out the electrical panel and left on Sunday, sheriff’s officials said. But when he returned he found the victims had cut the lock, restored power and placed a new lock on the panel, investigators said.
“Michael was upset to feel that they were leaving the lights on in the house and he went and put a lock on the box outside the house, which Marsha and her son cut off,” Henderson said. “So he got mad and that sparked this argument, which ultimately resulted in the deaths of these two people.”
Williams told investigators he was attacked and punched in the face before the murders, but Henderson said he appeared unharmed. He had been held without bond since Thursday.