DELAND, Fla,: Police arrested a DeLand woman in the January 2019 fatal shooting of her stepfather and investigators revealed Tuesday that two weeks before the killing, the daughter increased his life insurance policy to $750,000.
Myesha Williams, 31, was charged with first-degree premeditated murder after police said she set up the killing. Detectives said Williams’ boyfriend, Perry Stanley Sr., 43, of Apopka, is the suspected shooter and will also be charged with murder.
Williams was being held without bail in the Volusia County Branch Jail. On Tuesday afternoon, Williams refused to enter the jail’s courtroom after learning that reporters were at her first-appearance hearing.
Stanley was jailed in Orange County on charges of armed burglary of a dwelling with a firearm, robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm.
Stanley was identified by a witness, whose car he used to travel to DeLand on the day of the killing, police said.
On Jan. 31, 2019, Terrance Gibson, 59, of DeLand was shot to death in an open lot on West Euclid Avenue, a crime police believe Williams set up. Gibson was found lying on his side on the ground in a pool of blood, police said.
It is not known at this time whether Williams paid Perry or if she received any of the insurance money, said DeLand police spokesman Chris Graham.
At the time of the shooting, police were informed that a man wearing a mask approached Gibson sitting at a table, leaned over and shot Gibson in the back four times.
At the scene of the crime, Williams, who is known to police to be very talkative, was quiet and did not ask any questions about her family as other witnesses did, investigators pointed out in their arrest report.
A dog tracked where witnesses said the suspect ran and helped detectives find a telephone. When investigators analyzed the telephone, they found a number listed as Sis, which was later discovered belonged to Williams, investigators said.
The witness, who loaned her car to Stanley and identified him, also informed investigators that Sis on Stanley’s phone, the one found discarded, was Williams, documents show.
Witness #5 advised that Stanley referred to Myesha Williams as ‘Sis,’ detectives noted in their report.
Gibson was shot at 6:11 p.m., and a forensic study of the discarded cell phone showed Stanley called Williams seven minutes before the shooting, police said.
The day of the shooting, Williams had driven Gibson earlier in the day to visit his deceased wife’s grave at a cemetery on Euclid Avenue, a report states.
During an interview with police about the homicide, Williams kept texting a man she identified as Tim, who police would later discover was Stanley, about visiting and paying a hair stylist, a report said.
Police seized the car Williams was driving the night of the shooting after processing it, lifted fingerprints that identified five men including Stanley, police said.
A week after the murder, Williams called detectives and accused them of spreading a rumor that she had Gibson killed for a pill debt or insurance money, her arrest report states.
After police told Williams they were not fabricating any rumors, she confirmed that she had an insurance policy on Gibson, investigators said.
A report shows that 16 days before the shooting Williams contacted Mutual of Omaha and paid the premiums to increase a $25,000 accidental death policy to $750,000, at one point handing the phone to a man who confirmed the change.
After Williams provided more information about life insurance policy, detectives started digging deeper, and got the recording of calls Williams made to the insurance company, documents show.
Police learned that Williams had called Mutual of Omaha in May 2018 asking about getting life insurance for Gibson. Williams told the insurance agent that she had insurance on her mother, who died in April 2018.
Myesha (Williams) said she wanted to get a policy on Terence (Gibson) just in case something happens but he was going nowhere soon, detectives wrote in their report.
In the conversation with the insurance agent, Williams then says: Life insurance policy is not trying to kill somebody. That’s what he thought, reports detail.
Williams called the insurance company a second time on Jan. 15, 2019, and increased a $25,000 policy she had on Gibson to an accidental death policy worth $750,000, investigators said.
Sixteen days later, Gibson was shot dead, police said.
And, four days after Gibson was murdered, Williams called Mutual of Omaha to notify them of Gibson’s death and to make a claim, police said.