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Jury gives former death-row inmate life sentence

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 17, 2014 at 8:03 a.m.

TEXARKANA — A former death-row inmate has been sentenced to life in prison after the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned his death sentence more than two years ago.

The Texarkana Gazette reported that the jury of nine women and three men decided Wednesday to give Frank Williams Jr. a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

Williams had been convicted of capital murder in the 1992 fatal shooting of farmer Clyde Spence in Lafayette County. The jury in Miller County decided only Williams' punishment.

The Arkansas Supreme Court had overturned Williams' original death sentence and sent the case back to trial court for another look at punishment.

Attorneys for Williams argued earlier this week their client was mentally disabled. Prosecuting attorney Carlton Jones says he respects the jury's decision.


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Dontcallmenames says... July 17, 2014 at 1:07 p.m.

And you wonder why we have overcrowded prisons?

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Popsmith says... July 17, 2014 at 1:44 p.m.

Because someone isn't teaching the children how to stay out of jail.

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Kharma says... July 17, 2014 at 5:44 p.m.

Rampant overbreeding ... Especially of those who are nonproductive ... Contributes to rampant crime and prison overcrowding, as well as a multitude of other social ills. We should pay to have volunteers sterilized.

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mitchstoner says... July 17, 2014 at 7:59 p.m.

Trying to overturn death sentences is a "game" played by liberal lawyers. A murderer on death row may be unquestionably guilty, the crime may have been particularly cruel, and the perp may have even said if he had another chance he would do the same crime over again.

Yet something about the trial does not sit right with libs, and they are inspired to rally to "save this poor victim of an unfair justice system." It could be the perp had an inexperienced public defender, maybe the perp is a member of a minority, some might perceive that law enforcement did not "adequately" investigate a different potential suspect, or a juror might have seemed to be influenced in some way. Any other procedural problem could be used as "grounds" for a new trial or a move to overturn a sentence, like failure of an arresting officer to follow the Miranda laws to the absolute letter.

So it goes to a judge and he finds that there was indeed something in the trial that seems a mite irregular. Then the rest of us are left scratching our heads in wonder at the time and money wasted, plus the possibility some degenerate might end up loose in society again, through the rigors of a new trial.

I have a lib lawyer brother-in-law who did this. There was no question of guilt: the guy on death row had killed a teenage female clerk while, drugged up, he robbed the convenience store where she worked. But "he didn't mean to kill anyone," and he was "poorly represented" by a court- appointed lawyer who "did a half-ass job."

I just had to ask my bro-in-law, "if you guys put this waste of oxygen back on the streets, are you all going to high-five each other for the great thing you did?"

Never did hear how it turned out. Bro-in-law sorta stopped speaking to me.

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