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Indiantown man convicted of murdering a woman in 2020 as her six children watched

Indiantown man convicted of murdering a woman in 2020 as her six children watched

STUART — An Indiantown man who in 2020 killed Maribel Morales-Rosado in front of her children was ordered Thursday to serve two life prison terms after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder and other charges, according to trial records and a state prosecutor.

A judge imposed the sentences immediately after a jury convicted Donspanld “Hondo” Willispanms III, 30, of first-degree murder and other charges related to fatally shooting Morales-Rosado on Aug. 11, 2020.

The 32-year-old mother was gunned down inside her Indiantown home as her six children, then ages 9 to 17, watched in horror.

A jury seated on Monday reached a verdict Thursday after about 90 minutes of deliberations, said Assistant State Attorney Nita Denton.

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In addition to the murder count, Williams III was found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and burglary of a dwelling with an assault while armed.

The state agreed to drop one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“I just feel like there’s finally been justice for the victim and her six children,” said Denton, who prosecuted Williams III with Assistant State Attorney Kristen Chase. “We both feel that way.”

Morales-Rosado’s three sons and two of her daughters testified for the state on Tuesday as the trial began at the Martin County Courthouse, in Stuart.

Jurors were told the murder happened on the first day of school as Morales-Rosado’s children were beginning remote learning classes at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Williams III wasn’t a stranger — he had dated their mother around 2019 — but no one expected him to appear at their home that day, the children testified.

According to trial testimony, Williams III walked through the front door and into the kitchen area to confront Morales-Rosado about a Facebook video he accused her of posting, which she repeatedly denied doing.

“He quickly displayed, lifting his T-shirt, that there was a gun in his waistband,” Chase told jurors Tuesday.

Moments before she was shot, Morales-Rosado instructed one daughter to dial 911, a recorded call the jury heard of the distraught children witnessing Williams point his gun at their mother and fire twice, hitting a laptop, then her.

The oldest daughter, Jessica Rosado, 19, testified after Williams III shot her mother, he also pointed a gun at her and her younger brother, who tried to hit him with a knife to blunt the attack.

“My mother was begging for her life,” Jessica Rosado recalled.

Family and friends mourn the loss of Maribel Morales-Rosado, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, who was shot at her home in Indiantown on Tuesday, Aug. 11, by her ex-boyfriend Donald L. Williams according to Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, and died from her injuries.

According to investigators, Williams III fled the home on a bicycle and then got onto a community MARTY bus, where he asked the driver to take him to Stuart. The driver told deputies she saw a bag in William III’s hand and got suspicious and called 911. A firearm was found inside the bag.

The sheriff’s SWAT team took Williams into custody.

After his arrest, Williams III spoke with investigators and said before the shooting he walked through Morales-Rosado’s front door and confronted her about a video he’d been told about but said he hadn’t seen himself.

She denied knowing about it, he told investigators, “but when she smiled, he ‘knew’ that she had released the video,” Williams III stated.

He admitted shooting Morales-Rosado “two times and then exited the residence.”

Denton on Thursday said Williams III declined to testify during the trial and said nothing before his punishment was imposed.


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