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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