Anderson man sentenced to 65 years on murder conviction

May 3—ANDERSON — An Anderson man has been sentenced to an executed 65-year sentence in the 2022 stabbing death of his wife.

Madison Circuit Court Division 6 Judge Mark Dudley sentenced Curtis Williams Sr., 62, Friday.

A Madison Circuit Court Division 6 jury returned a guilty verdict against Williams earlier this year in the stabbing death of his wife, Claudette, 51, in December 2022.

The state's case was presented by deputy prosecutors Matt Savage and Gabriella Capocelli. Williams was represented by defense attorney Brandon Townsend.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Anderson Police Department Detective Travis Thompson, Williams called dispatch and said he killed his wife.

Williams was interviewed by investigators at Ascension St. Vincent Anderson Hospital while being treated for a cut on his left arm.

Williams told investigators when he returned home he found his wife with another man in the bedroom.

Williams said he chased the man from his house and claimed Claudette stabbed him with a kitchen knife.

"She tried to stop me from getting him, and cut me, and I cut her back," Williams said. "I killed her. It was unacceptable. I accepted nothing less than death."

Williams told Thompson he didn't know how many times he stabbed his wife.

After obtaining a search warrant, investigators found Claudette holding a kitchen knife in her right hand, but according to the report, blood droplets on the knife were not consistent with being used to cut someone.

"It appears the blue-handled kitchen knife was placed in Claudette's hand after her death in order to stage the scene," Thompson wrote in the court document. "I believe that the injury to Curtis Williams Sr. was a self-inflicted wound in order to establish a self-defense claim or to commit suicide."

Williams told investigators he "lost my head, man. I have destroyed my life."

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