William Thomas was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for the murder of his wife. According to court documents William Thomas and a friend would abduct his wife Rachel Thomas from her home, the woman was never seen again. William Thomas also murdered his mother to prevent her from implicating him in Rachel Thomas murder. William Thomas would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
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William Thomas was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, Rachel Thomas.
To avoid paying his portion of their impending divorce settlement, William Thomas planned to kidnap and kill his wife.
On 09/12/91, Thomas and his friend, Douglas Schraud, went to Rachel’s house in order to kidnap her. Thomas beat Rachel and then tied her up. Rachel attempted to flee by hopping outside, but Thomas dragged her back into the house by her hair. Thomas then put Rachel into the truck of her car and left the scene. Rachel Thomas was never seen again.
Thomas was eventually indicted for the murder of his wife in May, 1993. Thomas had made numerous inculpatory statements about Rachel Thomas’ disappearance; however, suspicion fell heavily upon Thomas after his mother was murdered. Authorities believed that Thomas killed his mother in order to prevent her from implicating him in the murder of Rachel Thomas.