She was arrested March 4 by Nassau County police detectives and charged with conspiracy in the second degree and criminal solicitation in the second degree. Williams pleaded not guilty March 5 during her arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead, Long Island. She faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
"That this defendant so casually decided to organize the murder of her husband shocks the conscience," Rice said.
"The Nassau County District Attorney's office and the Nassau County police department have taken an aggressive role in fighting violent crime in our county," said Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey. "Clearly, we are pleased to be able to prevent an act of violence. It is essential that our offices share resources and expertise in order to apprehend and successfully prosecute crimes of this nature."
"Thanks to the investigative work performed by both the Nassau County Police department and members of my office, a life was saved and this defendant will now have to answer for her crimes," Mulvey said.
"I understand that we have audio tapes. What I'm more concerned about is what happened before those tapes," said Stanley Kopilow, Susan Williams' attorney at the time, told WABC.
Susan Williams now has dropped Kopilow as her attorney and hired Garden City lawyer John Carman who asked Nassau County Judge Joseph Calabrese today to lower Williams $1 million bail, according to Carole Trottere, Director of Communications for the Nassau County District Attorney.
Carman argued Williams posed no flight risk, was a mother of four and that her parents wanted to put up their home as collateral for her bail.
However Assistant District Attorney Jane Zwirn-Turkin argued that due to what they saw as premeditation on Susan Williams' part she did pose a flight risk.
"She had been discussing if she should go to her husband's funeral, how should she look and react when cops came to her house and told her that her husband was killed," Trottere said about new details revealed today in court from the audio and video recordings of Susan Williams allegedly discussing the hit on her husband with an undercover Nassau County detective.
Zwirn-Turkin alleged in court that Williams had also started thinking about destroying her computer and phone to cover up evidence.
Calabrese denied the defenses request and Williams remains in jail.
According to Trottere, Williams' family including her father, who is retired from the NYPD major case squad, and one daughter was in court today filling the front row. Williams arrived in a black SUV, dressed in the same tan coat she was arrested in.
"The kid looked very sad," Trottere said about Williams' daughter.
Susan and Peter Williams were married 21 years until Susan Williams filed for divorce in 2008.
Peter Williams, who owns a Long Island fence business, has since moved out of their Garden City home. They have four children ages 11 to 19. Peter Williams was granted custody of the children on Monday by the court.
Calls to attorneys for both Peter and Susan Williams for additional comment were not immediately returned.