Bond raised to $950K amid new charges for ex-wife suspected of shooting prosecutor
February 9, 2015
By Arek Sarkissian
A Gainesville psychiatrist suspected of shooting her federal prosecutor ex-husband on Friday now faces a $950,000 bond after she was charged with premeditated murder.
Alexis Touchton-Williams was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, which yielded a $200,000 bond, and the subsequent murder charge added another $750,000.
The 39-year-old Touchton-Williams is suspected of shooting her ex-husband, Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Williams, at her home on Northwest 10th Place. The 53-year-old Williams was expected to go through surgery Monday for a gunshot wound to the arm, which was not a life-threatening injury, according to civil court documents.
Touchton-Williams remained in the Alachua County jail as of Monday night.
On Friday, Touchton-Williams had told deputies her ex-husband showed up at her house to pick up their 5-year-old daughter while intoxicated and he attacked her, so she fired the weapon in self-defense. Williams told deputies he arrived at the house to pick up their 5-year-old daughter, brought up discussion of the disbursement of 73 acres in Micanopy that the couple jointly owns and his ex-wife looked at him in an “awkward and strange way” before she picked up the gun and fired it.
Several websites showed Touchton-Williams is the president and founder of Gainesville Psychiatry at Tioga. Williams has successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases involving child pornography.
Touchton-Williams was the owner of the gun used in the shooting. The incident at home where the two once lived together led to the latest development in an intense divorce and custody battle that began over the summer. Alachua County Circuit Court documents show the couple separated on July 20 and Williams filed to divorce Touchton-Williams on Aug. 14. A final judgment in the divorce was issued Jan. 15.
The couple had married in 2006 in Gainesville.
After the shooting, Williams’ attorney filed a court document requesting full custody of his daughter. An agent with the Florida Department of Children and Families also has launched an inquiry into the incident and put the 5-year-old in the custody of “close contacts,” agency spokesman John Harrell said.