LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal appeals panel has reversed a lower court ruling in which a man sentenced to die for killing a young mother had won an order for a new penalty phase of his trial.
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes was wrong to order the new penalty phase for Marcel Wayne Williams.
The 38-year-old Williams was convicted in the 1994 slaying of 22-year-old Stacy Errickson. The victim was kidnapped, raped and forced to withdraw $350 from her bank before she was killed at the North Little Rock riverfront and buried in a shallow grave.
At the time she was killed, Errickson had a 7-month-old infant and a 4-year-old child.