UPDATE: Judge Considers Voiding Inmate's Death Sentence

On Thursday a ruling will come down from a judge on whether a convicted killer who has been on death row for nearly two decades is mentally retarded and must be spared.

Fifty-year-old Marvin Williams of Goldsboro, was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of Theron Price, who he worked with at Dewey Brothers in Goldsboro.

North Carolina law forbids mentally retarded defendants from being executed. Sixteen inmates have had their death sentences suspended since the law passed in 2001.

We'll let you know what happens today.

A judge is considering whether North Carolina can keep a convicted killer on death row after nearly two decades.

A Wayne County Superior Court judge on Monday hears evidence on whether 50-year-old Marvin Williams is mentally retarded. North Carolina law forbids mentally retarded defendants from being executed. Sixteen inmates have had their death sentences suspended since the law passed in 2001.

A judge can declare a person mentally retarded if he or she scores 70 or below on an IQ test and shows poor basic life skills before the age of 18. Williams has taken multiple tests and has scored above and below 70.

WRAL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/xrrMsN ) that Williams killed Theron Price during a robbery in 1989. Price was a security guard at the Goldsboro company where both men worked.

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  • by Seriously? Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    If someone is sentenced to death then the execution should happen within a year of sentencing. If the punishment is actually carried out then it could help reduce overcrowding in prisons and save tax payers money. If there is a confession and sentencing then that person should be executed immediately. Just saying...if there were strict enforcement of death sentences the crime rate would drop. Criminals would be held accountable for their crimes and others may choose to not commit a crime. Prison should be prison...not posh! Also, many criminals prefer prison because it's better than their current life. It's twisted!
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:40 AM
    Why doesn't the judge do something about the lawyers and laws they get put into place that are the real reason he has not been executed.
  • by nightrain on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:58 AM
    If a jury convicted him and sentenced him to death, so be it. If the justice system is not going to follow through with a jury's decision, what's the point of having a trial by jury. Used to be, serving on a jury meant something. Not so much anymore. Doesn't really matter what 12 people decide if one person can later change it.
  • by And on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:13 AM
    You can't fix stupid. There is no rehabilitation for that.
  • by Al Sharpton on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:03 PM
    Hahaha, again we won!
  • by js on Jan 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM
    7 of the 13 black inmates executed since 1984 killed black people, the other 6 killed whites. Of all the whites executed since 84, 1 killed a black person.
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      by Formerly Pirateman on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to js
  • by js Location: obx on Jan 30, 2012 at 05:07 PM
    Looking at NC Dept of Corrections website, since 1984 43 inmates have been executed. Of those 43, 13 were black and the rest were white. I can definitely see the inequality now.
  • by Bryant on Jan 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM
    I am all for capital punishment, but honestly, if we are not going to follow through with it, abolish it. It is ridiculous that someone on DEATH ROW is there for 20 years....and by that I mean most of them. Our system we have in place is an absolute joke. Anyone who gets the death penalty could care less, because they know it just means life in prison. This country is getting more and more crappy....and I never thought I would say that. I love the US, but I really do not love what it's starting to stand for.
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      by ralphy on Jan 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM in reply to Bryant
      by simply not feeding them they'd be gone in a month!
  • by DEANA Location: CHOCOWINITY, NC on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    Can the judge "void" mr. Theron Prices death sentence???? Oh wait, he didn't have a chance to ask because He was murdered.
  • by jimmy Location: tick bite on Jan 30, 2012 at 09:07 AM
    sorry but if he is not dead then he has not served his time
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      by ralphie on Jan 30, 2012 at 01:04 PM in reply to jimmy
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