Tuesday, August 5, 2008
KATV - 7 reports that the Arkansas Board of Parole has voted 4-3 to recommend that Governor Mike Beebe commute the death sentence of Frank Williams Jr. to life in prison without the possibility of parole. We now know that Williams told the Board, at his hearing on Monday, that he had been drinking and smoking marijuana before he shot his victim - an employer who had just fired him for breaking a tractor. Williams, who is scheduled to be executed on September 9th, claimed his victim had not compensated him for work that had been done. However, the victim's son, told the Board that his father had paid Williams and,in addition, had offered him help and support. See story here.