Brianna Williams sentencing to resume on Tuesday, judge says – Action News Jax

The sentencing hearing for Brianna Williams, the woman who pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder in the 2019 death of her 5-year-old daughter, Taylor, continued on Friday.

Action News Jax first told you about Williams in 2019 when his daughter Taylor Williams was reported missing. The child’s body was later found in Demopolis, Alabama, where Williams is from.

Here are Action News Jax’s live updates Meghan Moriarty as they happened in court:

3:18 p.m.: Sentencing was postponed until Tuesday for Brianna Williams.

2:54 p.m.: Prosecutor: “This defendant left her daughter to rot in her apartment until she found the courage to wrap her in a shower curtain” and later leave her on the side of the road. “She put it there hoping no one would find it.”

2:48 p.m.: The defense is asking for a 20.5 year sentence. “Ms. Williams said she apologized for wasting everyone’s time, wasting resources.

2:38 p.m.: Defence: “It’s a product of what we’re trying to present in court with mental health issues.”

2:31 p.m.: Prosecutor: “She [Brianna] took it away [Taylor] of the world both literally and figuratively. The prosecution is asking for life imprisonment.

2:28 p.m.: Prosecutors said Taylor Williams was locked in a closet day after day.

2:28 p.m.: The prosecutor says Brianna Williams wasn’t just going to work and go home. “She cared about her social life. She hangs out with men. And, where is Taylor? She remained alone in this house.

2:23 p.m.: FINAL CONCLUSIONS | Prosecutor: “this child was potentially malnourished”. “She dumped her daughter.” “Like trash.”

2:19 p.m.: In the statement, written by Brianna Williams, she wrote: “I know what I did was wrong. I didn’t immediately call the police, and when I did, I lied.

2:16 p.m.: Williams does not want to testify, but she has written a statement which she asks her lawyer to read for her. To the judge’s question “why don’t you want to make the statement yourself?” she said “I’m nervous and scared.”

12:56 p.m.: 1 hour break. The judge still has questions for the witness. We will be back at 2 p.m.

12:47 p.m.: Right now, the judge and Dr. Bordini are going back and forth over what kind of diagnostic tests he used on #BriannaWilliams. The judge seems to be asking questions regarding the difference between the tests, accuracy, etc.

12:15 p.m.: At this point, Dr. Bordini has been on the stand for about 2 hours talking about Brianna Williams’ mental capacity.

12:13 p.m.: Dr Bordini said when Brianna found her daughter she saw a bottle of Tylenol near the body. At first, she thought her daughter was overdosing on Tylenol. She ruled that out, because there was no vomit. “I don’t know what happened” says Brianna int. with Bordini

12:12 p.m.: Dr. Bordini said Brianna left the apartment for a few weeks. She then came back. He said she was “manipulating her situation.”

12:11 p.m.: Accusation: How long do you think she stayed in the apartment with her dead child? Dr. Bordini said he believed (based on Brianna’s story) that Taylor died in early October, body buried in early November. Continuation: so 1 month?

12:04 p.m.: Accusation: You will agree that she [Brianna] know the difference between good and evil? Dr. Bordini: Yes

11:47 a.m.: “She was very unusual,” Dr. Bordini said, of Williams’ behavior.

11:42 a.m.: The Prosecution is now questioning the Defense witness. We could hear his name this time: Dr. Ernest Bordini. Here is his journey http://cpancf.com/Dr_Bordini.html

11:16 a.m.: He keeps saying Brianna went back for Taylor’s body [again] and tried to search for her grandfather’s grave so she could bury Taylor next to him. Couldn’t find Taylor. It gave him a lot of anxiety. She told the psychiatrist that she planned to find Taylor and then kill herself.

11:14 a.m.: I told the psychologist that she had left the house several times. She had suicidal thoughts. She eventually decided she wanted to bury Taylor next to her grandfather. Couldn’t find a grave and put Taylor in a place she thought she could find her.

11:12 a.m.: Brianna Williams told the psychologist she couldn’t remember the exact day Taylor died, but woke up one morning to find Taylor slumped in the closet. She told him that Taylor was cold. She describes not knowing what to do.

11:08 a.m.: Regarding his apartment: “it was symbolic of his own trappings of his uniform and his military functioning.” by psychologist on the stand. He said the house was so dirty “they had to burn it down and then burn the hazmat suits”.

11:04 a.m.: Brianna Williams is showing signs of agoraphobia, according to the psychologist at the helm. (definition via Mayo Clinic)

10:58 a.m.: Brianna Williams told the psychologist that Taylor didn’t want to go to school. Taylor was allegedly bullied. Brianna was having trouble with the daycare schedule. When asked why she didn’t ask for help, Brianna replied that she had to take care of things on her own.

10:48 a.m.: The psychologist says “clearly she lied to the police about the disappearance of the body”. He adds that she doesn’t tell the truth sometimes.

10:45 a.m.: He says Brianna said people always come and go in her life. Her mother moved away when she was young. She moved in with an aunt, after her other aunt’s husband allegedly made her a proposal. Despite this, she was an excellent student at school, according to the psychologist

10:37 a.m.: The psychologist adds that during interviews, he learned that Brianna Williams had been raped and had an abortion. He said she fell into a deep depression afterwards.

10:33 a.m.: He said she fell into several categories of personality disorders. He says the results of his psychological tests revealed there was “much more beneath the surface”.

10:30 a.m.: This doctor visited him in prison. He says she has features of schizoaffective disorder. (via Mayo Clinic)

10:26 a.m.: The defense now calls its first and only witness: a clinical psychologist with very extensive mental health/addiction experience (it was hard to hear his name), he spoke at length about his qualifications.

10:04 a.m.: The accusation rests.

10:03 a.m.: The prosecution said “you didn’t hear the victim impact statements from the family…because her own mother killed her.” Saying the family is going through a tough time and doesn’t want to testify on the stand, but they have provided several photos and videos of Taylor for the court.

10:02 a.m.: “They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but these pictures don’t just speak.” The prosecution says “you can smell the dirt” regarding Taylor’s living situation.

[10 things to know: What happened to 5-year-old Taylor Williams?]

10 a.m.: The prosecution was supposed to call 18 witnesses, but stopped short at 16. We move on to the prosecution’s “victim impact photos.”

9:59 a.m.: Defense asks Detective JSO, did Brianna Williams ever reveal to anyone that Taylor was not with her, in addition to the 911 call she made the day she was brought disappeared? The detective says no, the 911 call was the first indication.

Timeline of events of disappearance, death of Jacksonville’s daughter, Taylor Williams

9:49 a.m.: Computer searches reveal a search for “re-eating syndrome,” a form of starvation or fasting that dramatically affects your hormones and could be fatal, according to Detective JSO. Williams also read an article about a woman found not guilty of burying her child alive.

9:41 a.m.: Red dirt found inside/on Brianna’s car matches dirt found on Landfill Rd. in AL where Taylor’s body was found.

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9:35 a.m.: Brianna Williams texted her mom saying “if Navy Command calls, you’ve got Taylor.” Brianna Williams tells her sister “Taylor is a nightmare” complaining that her daughter is opening bottles of “her water” and hiding food under the bed.

9:28 a.m.: Cellphone data records show Brianna Williams has been to Alabama 3 times beginning October 31. Williams requested a leave of absence from her position from October 31 to November 5. .

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9:19 a.m.: Daycare records show Taylor stopped attending daycare in late April 2019. The child was reported missing in November 2019.

9:15 a.m.: First on the stand: Detective Harmony Brooks with JSO. She said approx. 10 to 15 detectives were sent to Alabama (where Taylor was found) to track down Brianna Williams’ finances. Then other officers were sent + JFRD recovery team. About. 75 first responders

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