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Twenty-three men and no women have

been executed in the United States in 2017.

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  10:30 pm EDT

 

Marcel Williams has been executed by the state of Arkansas.  Read more here.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  10:30 pm EDT

 

The stay of execution for Marcel Williams has been lifted.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  9:32 pm EDT

 

Marcel Williams has been granted a temporary stay of execution by Judge Kristine Baker due to concerns over the execution of Jack Jones, which occurred shortly after 7 pm CDT, earlier this evening.  The stay is to last for 20 minutes or until further order of the court, whichever is later.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  4:58 pm EDT

 

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request to stay the execution of Marcel Williams.  He has appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  3:25 pm EDT

 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a request to stay the execution of Marcel Williams.   

 

Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017  11:28 am EDT

 

Marcel Wayne Williams is scheduled to be executed at 8:15 pm CDT, on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Cummins Unit near Varner, Arkansas.  Forty-six-year-old Marcel is convicted of the murder of 22-year-old Stacy Rae Errickson on December 5, 1994, in Jacksonville, Arkansas.  He has spent the last 21 years on Arkansas’ death row.

 

Marcel had previously been convicted of several burglaries and served a prison sentence.

 

On November 20, 1994, around 6:45 am, Marcel Williams forced Stacy Errickson, at gunpoint, to let him into her car.  Williams  drove Stacey to several automated teller machines, forcing her to withdraw money that totaled to $350.  Stacy never arrived at work that day, nor did she pick up her child from the babysitter that day.

 

Williams was arrested on an outstanding warrant on November 29, 1994.  Williams had been linked to assaults on two other women.  During the 13 hour police questioning, Williams admitted to abducting Stacy, however, he denied sexually assaulting her and assured police, that to the best of his knowledge, she was still alive.

 

Stacy’s body was discovered by police in a shallow grave on December 5, 1994.  Two female witnesses testified that Williams had followed them from a gas station, abandoning his pursuit when the entered an Air Force base.  Williams is believed to have returned to the gas station and then abducted Stacy.  Stacy was determined to have been killed by suffocation.

 

Marcel Williams was scheduled to be executed on December 14, 2015.  His execution was stayed, along with several others, by a judge with the Pulaski County Circuit Court.  The execution was stayed due to legal challenges regarding the execution drugs.

 

Arkansas had planned to executed eight men over a 10 day period, beginning on Monday, April 17, 2017.  Prior to the executions scheduled for that day, numerous appeals were filed in multiple courts, leading to a confusing mess of legal rulings.  The first two executions, scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2017, were eventually stayed by the Arkansas Supreme Court.  On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Arkansas carried out its first execution, that of Ledell Lee.  Ledell’s execution occurred after multiple appeals to the Supreme Court of the United States, including appeals from drug companies who did not want their drugs being used in executions.   The Supreme Court eventually rejected all arguments and allowed Ledell’s execution to be carried out shortly before the execution warrant expired. The second execution scheduled for Thursday night, that of Stacey Johnson, was stayed to allow time for additional DNA testing.

 

Jack Jones, Jr. is also scheduled to be executed on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Arkansas.  Jack is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm CDT, while Marcel will follow at 8:15 pm CDT.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Stacy Errickson.  Please pray for the strength for the family of Marcel.  Please pray that if Marcel is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be provided prior to his executed.  Please pray that Marcel will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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