Rutledge Statement Following the Execution of Inmate Marcel Williams
April 24, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement following the execution by lethal injection of inmate Marcel Williams.
“After years of delay, Stacy Errickson’s family and friends have seen justice carried out for her brutal death on November 20, 1994. Stacy was a young mother of two when she was kidnapped, raped and strangled to death with the drawstring from the hood of her own jacket. I hope that tonight’s lawful execution brings much-needed peace to all of Stacy’s loved ones, particularly her now-adult children Brittany and Bryan.”
Facts of the case and procedural history:
Marcel Williams was convicted and sentenced to death in Pulaski County for the capital murder, kidnapping, rape, and aggravated robbery of Stacy Errickson. Stacy was a young mother of two – 4 year old Brittany and 7 month old Bryan. On the morning of November 20, 1994, Stacy left her children with a babysitter and headed to work at a pediatric clinic. On the way, she stopped at a gas station in Jacksonville to put gas in her car. As she was pumping gas, Marcel Williams pulled a gun on her, forced her into the passenger side of her car and drove her car around to several ATMs, making Stacy withdraw every cent she had. Eighteen transactions total were made. He then drove her to a storage unit facility where he brutally raped her. He relentlessly beat her and ultimately strangled her with the drawstring from the hood of her own jacket. He finally dumped her body in a shallow grave by the old smokestack in the Vestal Park area of North Little Rock. Over the next three days, he abducted and raped two other young women in the area. He told police Stacy was still alive, giving Stacy’s family false hope that she was still alive. Stacy’s decomposing body was found 16 days after Williams murdered her.
The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed Williams’s convictions and death sentence on direct appeal. Thereafter, Williams filed a petition for post-conviction relief that was denied by the circuit court, and the denial was affirmed by the Arkansas Supreme Court on appeal. He next filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in federal court, and the federal district court granted relief as to one claim. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, reversed the district court’s grant of relief, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of the 8th Circuit’s decision. Williams next asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to recall its mandate, and Arkansas Supreme Court refused to do so. The U.S. Supreme Court denied review of the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision.