Family Fights To Keep Killer Behind Bars

Losing a child is a mother's worst nightmare. For one Lenoir County woman it's turning into a recurring nightmare. Six-year-old Perry Lynn White died in 1968 when a 17-year-old neighbor stabbed him 12 times in the chest and stashed his body under a house in Lenoir County. Deputies charged Edward Earl Williams with the crime and sentenced him to life in prison.

Just last week, Perry Lynn's mother, Paulette, found out Williams, now 56 years old, will be paroled next year and there's nothing they can do to stop it. White believes if Williams gets out he'll commit the same crime again.

Williams says, "I don't want no mother to got through what I went through. I don't want any children to be hurt by him. What makes them think he's not going to do it again."

The family is sending in a petition to the governor to reverse the parole decision. Williams will have to successfully complete a mutual agreement parole program before he's released. If he successfully completes that, he could be released in 2008 or 2009.


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