Jury gives former death row inmate life sentence

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - 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 reports (http://bit.ly/UdIMQP) 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 only decided 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.


Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com

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