Marcel Williams was executed by the State of Arkansas for the sexual assault and murder ofa woman in 1994. According to court documents Marcel Williams would kidnap, sexually assault, murder and rob Stacy Errickson, Marcel Williams would be executed by lethal injection on April 24, 2017
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On November 20, 1994, Stacy Errickson, the victim, on her way to work, stopped at the Jacksonville Shellstop for gas. The time was approximately 6:45 a.m. Williams approached Errickson’s vehicle, drew a firearm, and forced her to move from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s side. Williams then drove Errickson’s car away from the convenience store. Williams then took Errickson to several automated teller machines and coerced her to attempt withdrawals. A total of eighteen transactions yielded the sum of $350. The last transaction occurred at 7:37 a.m. These transactions were recorded by security cameras at several banking facilities. Stacy Errickson did not make it to work that day, nor did she pick up her child from the babysitter at the end of the day.
Police arrested Williams on an outstanding warrant on November 29, 1994, and questioned him based on physical evidence linking him to two other assaults on women. During the course of an intensive interrogation lasting some thirteen hours, Williams admitted having abducted Errickson from the convenience store and robbing her through ATM withdrawals. However, he denied any sexual assault and assured the officers that to the best of his knowledge Errickson was alive. Appellant attempted to implicate others as accomplices asserting that they were the ones responsible for physically harming her. Based upon information Williams supplied, the police recovered a sheet matching Williams description as one he used in connection with the abduction and also recovered a gold ring which Williams identified. On December 5, 1994, police discovered Stacy Errickson’s body buried in a shallow grave. Other evidence adduced at trial indicated that witnesses Tammy Victoria and Tammy Keenahan identified Williams as a man they had seen on the morning of November 20, 1994, at the Shellstop. They also testified that after they left the station he followed them in a car and attempted to stop them until they sought refuge at the air force base. Williams subsequently returned to the Shellstop and abducted Stacy Errikson.
On April 5, 1995, the Pulaski County prosecutor by felony information charged Williams with capital murder, kidnapping, rape, and aggravated robbery. The information also asserted that Williams had four prior felony convictions. The Pulaski County Circuit Court tried Williams on these charges beginning on January 6, 1997. Appellant was convicted on all counts. During the sentencing phase of the trial the prosecutor introduced evidence in support of three aggravating circumstances, and the appellant offered one mitigating circumstance. The jury found that all three alleged aggravating circumstances existed beyond a reasonable doubt and that Williams’s mitigating circumstance was also established. In balancing these findings the jury recommended a sentence of death, which the trial court accepted.
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Marcel Williams was the second death row inmate to be executed by the state of Arkansas Monday night.
Williams was put to death by way of lethal injection. The drugs were administered at 10:16 p.m. and Williams was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m.
Marcel Williams did not have any last words.
Williams was convicted of killing Stacy Rae Errickson, a 23-year-old mother of two, in Jacksonville in 1994.
Errickson’s family declined to comment immediately following the execution
The execution was scheduled for 8:15 p.m., but United States District Judge Kristine Baker issued a temporary stay to allow the court to investigate the claims that the previous execution of inmate Jack Jones “appeared to be tortuous and inhuman.”
According to Arkansas Department of Correction Spokesman Solomon Graves, when the stay was handed down, Williams was already on the gurney in the death chamber. After the stay was issued, Williams asked to use the bathroom. He was taken to his cell and not brought back into the chamber until the stay was lifted.
The Court denied the emergency motion, and the stay was lifted at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Earlier Monday, both the Supreme Court of the United States and the Arkansas Supreme Court denied all requests for a stay of execution.
The April 24 executions of Jack Jones and Marcel Williams mark the nation’s first double execution in more than 16 years. They are the second and third inmates to be executed in Arkansas in less than one week.
Death row inmate Kenneth Williams is scheduled to be executed Thursday, April 27. Inmate Jason McGehee was also scheduled to be put to death Thursday, but the Arkansas Parole Board recommended clemency to the governor, thus starting a 30-day public comment period during which the execution of McGehee cannot proceed.