Supreme Court clears way for new arguments in murder case | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Supreme Court clears way for new arguments in murder case

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 9:37 AM

click to enlarge ALVIN RAY WILLIAMS: Lifer gets crack at producing new evidence in murder case.
  • ALVIN RAY WILLIAMS: Lifer gets crack at producing new evidence in murder case.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today approved a request by a convicted murderer to be given a chance to present new evidence to a circuit court in hopes of winning a new trial.

The court, with Justice Rhonda Wood dissenting, granted the motion by an  attorney for Alvin Ray Williams to give a circuit court authority to hear a petition for a writ of "error coram nobis."

Williams' new attorney, John Williams, argued that the conviction and life sentence in 1994 was faulty because there was no mention at trial or in the prosecutor's file of an interview with a purported witness of the shooting who supported Williams' contention he'd shot a Blood gang member, Ron Henry, in self-defense. The witness said the gun fired after a physical struggle over the weapon.

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