Judge Orders Man Off State's Death Row

A Wayne County judge says a convicted killer on death row for nearly two decades is mentally retarded and must be spared.

Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones ruled this morning that 50-year-old Marvin Williams must be removed from death row.

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

Jones heard evidence on Williams' mental condition earlier this week.

Williams killed Theron Price in 1989 during a robbery at the company where Williams worked and Price was a security guard.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 06:30 AM
    well i disagrey with the deth penateley and should spend the rest of the life in prison
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      by WOOOW on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:24 PM in reply to
      IF YOU CANT SPELL IT, USE ANOTHER WORD SHUG!!! DISAGREE AND PENALTY:)
  • by Only in NC Location: La on Feb 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM
    Hee Hee We got another one over on da man
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      by Tina on Feb 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM in reply to Only in NC
      What does this mean??????????
  • by RN Location: Pitt on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:07 PM
    Liberal Judges...thats all I got to say !!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:00 PM
    Murder committed in 1989...About 23 years...eligible for parole now under former law.Was his 30 year sentence run at the expiration of his death sentence?You've got the records.You tell us!
  • by Chick on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:08 PM
    Thanks Bev and Obama!!!!
  • by Black history month! on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:04 PM
    A victory!!!!!
  • by dc wayne county on Feb 2, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    Judge Jones if you can call him a Judge, NEEDS TO GO! Come Election Time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by LCR Location: ENC on Feb 2, 2012 at 02:59 PM
    I disagree with the law, he is mentally stable enough to kill someone, then he deserves the death penalty! To many people are getting away with committing crimes because a judge says they are mentally handicapped, well in my book this judge is mental, letting a man who deserves to be put to death off death row!!!
  • by beachbunny on Feb 2, 2012 at 01:46 PM
    hmmmmm....bet he is sane enough to be happy over this ruling
  • by JD Location: ENC on Feb 2, 2012 at 01:21 PM
    He was smart enough to kill the guy so he could try to finish the robbery. He was also smart enough to out smart the state of N.C. Of course you do not have to be real smart to do that now a days.
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