Wednesday, April 26, 2017

TOP STORY >> Second Jacksonville execution

A second killer convicted for crime sprees in Jacksonville was put to death late Monday night at Cummins Unit south of Pine Bluff.

Marcel Williams, 46, died four days after Ledell Lee, 51, was executed just before midnight Thursday for the murder of a Jacksonville woman in 1993.

Williams was injected with three fatal drugs at 10:16 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 10:33.

Jack H. Jones, 52, who was convicted for the murder of Mary Phillips, 34, a Bald Knob bookkeeper in 1995, was executed at 7:20 p.m. It was the first double execution in Arkansas in almost 17 years.

A fourth man, Kenneth Williams, 38, is scheduled to be executed on Thursday for the murder of a farmer near the prison Williams escaped from in Varner. The executions of four other convicted killers are on hold.

Williams was convict-ed for the murder of Stacy Rae Errickson, 22, who was kidnapped from a Shell station in Jacksonville in 1994. She was forced to make several ATM withdrawals before she was raped and strangled. Her body was found in North Little Rock.

For his last meal, Williams requested three pieces of fried chicken, banana pudding, nachos with chili cheese and jalapeƱo peppers, two Mountain Dews and potato logs with ketchup. Lee did not ask for a last meal.

Williams was tried in Pulaski County Circuit Court in 1995 and appealed the convictions to the Arkansas Supreme Court, which affirmed the jury’s death sentence in 1999.

Evidence showed Errickson died from strangulation. Her neck and face were severely bruised, and her hands were tied behind her back.

According to testimony, the victim’s nightmare began when she stopped at the Jacksonville Shellstop for gas around 6:45 a.m. Nov. 20, 1994.

Williams approached Errickson’s vehicle, pulled a gun and had her move from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s side.

He drove the vehicle away from the gas station, taking the victim to several ATMs, where she withdrew $360 in 18 transactions that were recorded on security cameras.

The last transaction was made at 7:37 p.m. Her body was found in a shallow grave on Dec. 5 in North Little Rock.

Williams also raped several other women during his crime spree.