Update: Monday, July 11, 2016  1:30 pm EDT

 

Perry Eugene Williams, Jr., was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Perry's execution has been stayed.  Thirty-five-year-old Perry is convicted of the murder of 22-year-old Matthew Carter on September 17, 2000, in Houston, Texas.  Perry has spent the last 14 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Perry's execution date has been withdrawn by a judge, pending the results of a drug test on the drugs to be used in the execution.  A spokesman further announced that Texas had enough drugs to carry out all scheduled executions, however they were unable to have the result of the drug tests back prior to Perry's execution.  The testing of the execution drugs was agreed upon by the state when a judge dismissed a case by Perry and another death row inmate, challenging Texas' execution protocol.

 

Perry’s father was a Vietnam War veteran who returned home with post-traumatic stress.  Upon his return, he worked as a truck driver.  Perry’s mother has stated that Perry was raised in a “close-knit, religious family,” who experienced many difficulties, including her being diagnosed with cancer, her mother being diagnosed with cancer, her father having a stroke, and two of Perry’s cousins being murdered.  Perry also used drugs.

 

On September 9, 2000, Perry Williams, along with a female friend who owned a gun, began a crime spree by stopping two women and holding them at gunpoint, demanding money.  One of the women was shot, which Williams alleges was accidental.  The woman survived her injuries.

 

On September 17, 2000, Williams, his female friend with a gun, and two other males, carried out four different robberies.  They first attempted to steal a car, but were unable to drive it because it was stick shift.  The group then ordered the owner of the car to drive it for them.  The group also took the driver’s wallet, ATM card, and demanded his PIN number.  The group let the driver go, but were unable to access the bank account with the PIN number provided.

 

Next, the group approached first year medical student Matthew Carter, who, along with a friend, was returning a video to Blockbuster.  The group forced Matthew into the passenger seat of his car and drove off.  Matthew attempted to offer his ATM card in exchange for his life.  The group parked the car, at which point Williams shot Matthew in the head at close range.  Williams alleged the shooting was accidental.  

 

The group then committed two more robberies.  One was a customer at a gas station, and the other was at a motel.  During the robbery of the motel, a victim was shot, but not seriously injured.

 

While Williams received a death sentence, the other three received various prison terms.

 

Perry Williams was scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.  His execution was stayed in order to allow time for federal judge to appoint an appellate lawyer in his case.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Matthew Carter.  Please pray for the family of Perry.  Please pray that if Perry is innocent or lacks the competency to be executed, evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Perry will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not found one already.

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