William Dickerson was sentenced to death by the State of South Carolina for the sexual assault and murder of Gerard Roper. According to court documents William Dickerson believed that he saw Gerard Roper have sex with his girlfriend on video so he decided to torture, sexually assault and murder him. William Dickerson would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
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A 32-year-old South Carolina man has been sentenced to death in a 2006 strangulation.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports a Charleston County jury decided Thursday that William Dickerson should be put to death.
Dickerson was found guilty last week of murder, kidnapping and criminal sexual assault. Authorities say he wrongly thought Gerard Roper was the man he saw in a video having sex with his girlfriend.
Authorities say the 29-year-old Roper was tortured and sexually assaulted before he was strangled. Dickerson’s father was serving a life term for an unrelated murder. He died behind bars a few years ago.
Dickerson’s attorneys contended he was a scapegoat for others who killed Roper.
It was the first death penalty trial in Charleston County in five years.