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Rice discusses Garden City hit-man case on TV show

Susan Williams arrives at Nassau County Courthouse on

Susan Williams arrives at Nassau County Courthouse on Tuesday. Williams is accused of attempting to hire a hit man to kill her husband. (March 9, 2010) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice appeared on a morning TV show Wednesday to discuss the case against a Garden City mother of four accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her estranged husband.

In her brief appearance on the Fox 5 "Good Day New York" show, Rice revealed nothing new in the case of Susan Williams, but she did discuss what she believes is the strength of her office's evidence.

Prosecutors say that Williams, 43, asked an acquaintance to get her a hit man to kill her husband last month. Instead, the acquaintance connected her with an undercover police officer, who posed as a hit man and videotaped Williams as she negotiated the deal with him, prosecutors say.

Rice said Wednesday morning that the videos are damning.

"She is very clear about what she wants this alleged hit man to do," Rice told anchor Greg Kelly.

Rice acknowledged that Susan and Peter Williams are in the middle of a bad divorce.

"Divorce is a terrible thing, but to take active steps toward the mother or father of your children is very disturbing," she said.

Williams, who remains in Nassau County jail, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of second-degree criminal solicitation and second-degree conspiracy. If convicted, she could face a maximum of 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison.

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