UPDATE: Gainesville man accused of murdering wife and daughter indicted by grand jury

Published: Nov. 16, 2018 at 11:54 AM EST
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UPDATE (12/6/2018 1:10pm): A grand jury has indicted Paul Williams on 2 counts of premeditated first degree murder in the deaths of his wife and daughter, Leslie and Paige Williams.


UPDATE: William's has pleaded not guilty for the the charges of murdering his wife and daughter. His next court appearance has not been set.


The Alachua County Sheriff's Office has released the police report and the charges against 61-year-old Paul Graves Williams after the murder of his wife, Leslie Williams, and 15-year-old daughter, Paige Williams.

In the report, Deputies say Williams confessed to the murders, saying he stabbed and killed his daughter first, before moving on to his wife. A.C.S.O. says that Paige Williams was stabbed more than 30 times and she and her mother's bodies were moved by Paul Williams after the murder.

The report also details that Paul Williams stayed in the house for at least a day with the bodies of his family, before he ran away. The report says the admitted that he knew what he did was wrong but that he "snapped" and that, "it was the devil in him."

Paul Williams has been charged with two counts of premeditated homicide, as well as charges related to tampering with evidence and obstruction of a police investigation. He is being held at the Alachua County Jail.


The life of a school media specialist with a love for kids and the life of a high schooler with a love of art ended in tragedy.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office arrested Paul Graves Williams for the killing of his wife and 15-year-old daughter.

Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of 57-year-old Leslie "Lisa" Williams and the couple's daughter Paige Williams after a well-being check at the home in SW Gainesville's Garrison Way subdivision on Friday.

Leslie Williams worked at Stephen Foster Elementary, and the school called her husband Paul when she did not come to work today. He answered, and told school officials "go check on her." That's when ASO found the bodies of Paige and Lisa dead with stab wounds in their home.

The Sheriff's Office describes their matter of death as "traumatic".

ASO began a search for Paul Williams as their primary suspect since there were no signs of forced entry at the house just off SW 75th Street.

Deputies say with his photo and car description broadcast across the state, Paul Williams drove himself back to the crime scene in the Garrison Way subdivision.

He was arrested at the scene.

Deputies say Williams does not have a criminal record

A TV20 reporter talked to a family member of the victims' over the phone who says the man has a history of alcohol abuse and a controlling personality.

Williams is being charged in connection with the murders of his wife and daughter.

Deputies have not released what those charges are.

Williams is set to have his first appearance Saturday morning.