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Post  NEADP on Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:32 pm

9th September 2008

9:00 PM EDT
Frank Williams Jr. is scheduled to be killed by the people of Arkansas in revenge for the murder of Clyde Spence.

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Post  Jennie on Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:49 am

Clemency Hearing OK'd For Death-Row Inmate

The state Parole Board on Wednesday scheduled an August hearing to consider the executive clemency request of a death-row inmate who is scheduled to be executed in September.

Lawyers for inmate Frank Williams Jr. requested the hearing earlier this month, arguing their client's life should be spared for a variety of reasons, including a low intelligence quotient.

The Parole Board scheduled the clemency hearing for 10 a.m. on Aug. 4 at the state Department of Correction's Varner Supermax Unit located at Varner in southeast Arkansas.

Williams' family and other supporters will be allowed to speak at the hearing on the merits of the condemned killer's clemency application. The victim's family and friends will be allowed to speak against the request at a meeting that afternoon in Little Rock.

"Following the hearings, the Parole Board will provide a nonbinding recommendation to the governor who has the authority to grant or deny the clemency request," the board said in a release.

Gov. Mike Beebe set a Sept. 9 execution date for Williams, sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of Bradley farmer Clyde Spence.

The execution date was the 1st the governor has set since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April against a legal challenge to the use of lethal injection to put an inmate to death.

The governor set 2 execution dates last year but stays were issued in federal court pending a high court ruling in a Kentucky case.

Williams' lawyers said in their request for a clemency hearing that Williams has a low IQ and was often teased while growing up poor in southwest Arkansas. They also raised questions about a previous assault conviction that allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Williams after his arrest in Spence's killing.

Spence was gunned down during a robbery. Williams was on a work-release program at the time and had been fired from his job at Spence's farm just before the shooting.

(source: The Morning News)

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