While Ronald Earl Williams was stabbing his wife to death, he unknowingly created a key piece of evidence that could only exist in a wireless age.
Williams somehow activated his cell phone, which then called his wife’s cell phone while he was killing her, Assistant State Attorney Walter Manning told a jury on Tuesday.
The voice mail recorded the killing — with Williams threatening to kill his wife, and Mariama Williams screaming in terror — during the attack in their St. Petersburg home.
The recording could help jurors decide whether to convict Ronald Williams of first-degree murder and whether to recommend the death penalty. From the looks on jurors’ faces Tuesday, just listening was painful.