Death Row Inmate Confesses to More Murders

JUNE 15, 2005 - Posted at 7:26 a.m. CDT

PINE BLUFF, AR - A condemned inmate has confessed to a Pine Bluff slaying that has remained unsolved since 1998.

Kenneth D. Williams, 26, was convicted and ordered to be executed for the 1999 death of a farmer, who was slain after Williams escaped from prison.  Williams had been serving a life-without-parole sentence for killing a college cheerleader in 1998 when he broke out of the Cummins Unit.

Williams says in a six-page letter to the Pine Bluff Commercial newspaper that he shot and killed 36-year-old Jerrell Jenkins of Pine Bluff on December 13, 1998, the same day that he fatally shot the cheerleader.

Along with a man killed in a traffic accident in Missouri during inmate Williams' 1999 escape, the slaying to which he has now confessed would make him responsible for the deaths of four people.  Police are working to determine whether the claim is true.

Jenkins, whose body was found in a ditch, was shot to death.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)