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Police: Man lied about home invasion that left wife critically injured

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Police said a man lied about a home invasion after his wife was critically injured.

William Williams, 59, was arrested on May 27 for the incident.

Police previously believed Christine Williams, 57, was injured during a home invasion Friday evening on the 1800 block of Mertz Road in Caro.

She suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital where she remains in critical condition, police said.

Her husband was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with assault with intent to murder, four counts of a false report of a felony and one count of lying to a police officer during a violent crime investigation.

Prosecutor Mark Reene said numerous State Police personnel were involved in the investigation including members of the Crime Lab who worked into the early morning hours of Saturday.

"It shocked the conscience of every investigator that was involved with the case," Reene said.

William Williams allegedly assaulted his wife with an ax and tried to cover up the crime.

Reene said the suspect hit his wife in the head with the blade of an ax as she lay in bed Friday morning. He then went to work at the Palace of Auburn Hills while his wife was laying in bed bleeding profusely, Reene said.

William Williams returned home 14 hours later and called for help, claiming he and his wife were victims of a home invasion, Reene said.

If convicted William Williams could be sentenced to life in prison. His bond has been set at $1 million.

During the arraignment, Reene told the court Williams confessed to the crime.

"The defendant was interviewed on Saturday, May 27 and did make admissions in regard to his conduct here. So it certainly enhances the likelihood of conviction," Reene said.

It is unclear why Williams, who has no criminal record, allegedly carried out such a brutal act. It is also unclear if Christine Williams will survive her ordeal.

"It's critical. So we'll accept all the prayers on her behalf and from the family, but that's where we stand right now," Reene said.

The alleged beating took place across the street from Susan Osborne's front door.

"I was very shocked. We've never had anything in our neighborhood like this," Osborne said. "If he did that then hopefully he's going to be in jail for a long time. Not someone you would want out in the public."

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