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Attorneys: Dad given custody of kids in hit man case

Susan Williams, of Garden City, is accused of

Susan Williams, of Garden City, is accused of attempting to hire a hit man to kill her husband. (March 5, 2010) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Attorneys for both the Garden City woman who police said tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband, and the man police said she wanted dead, confirmed that a Nassau court has granted custody of the couple's children to their father.

Jeffrey Pam of East Meadow, Susan Williams' divorce attorney, and Nancy J. Dreeben of Garden City, Peter Williams' divorce attorney, said Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Stanley Gartenstein had awarded temporary custody to Peter Williams.

"At this point in time, Peter Williams' primary goal is to protect his children and asks for privacy for himself and his family, especially his children, during this very trying period," said Dreeben.

Susan Williams, 43, was arrested March 4 and is charged with first-degree conspiracy and second-degree criminal solicitation, crimes for which she could serve up to 25 years in prison.

Police and prosecutors said she tried to hire a hit man for $20,000 to kill her husband, with whom she was going through a divorce. But she ended up speaking to an undercover detective.

Williams is being held in the Nassau County jail on $1-million bond or $500,000 bail.

Williams' criminal attorney, John Carman of Garden City, said he will try to get her bail lowered at a hearing Tuesday in Nassau County Court.

Williams' parents have indicated that they would be willing to put up their house for bail.

The bail hearing is set to take place Tuesday before Nassau County Court Judge Joseph Calabrese.

The couple have four children, two of whom are in college.

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