Advocacy Group Urging State to Spare Killer's Life

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Arkansas advocacy group advocating for the mentally disabled is urging the governor and the state's Parole Board to stop the execution of a death-row inmate.

The Arc Arkansas is sending letters urging officials to give Frank Williams Jr. a life sentence.  Cynthia Stone, the group's chief operating officer, says the group hasn't met Williams or conducted their own interviews with him.  Stone says the group instead read court transcripts and testimony by defense witnesses claiming Williams is mentally disabled.

Williams faces a Sept. 9 execution date.  He will go before the state Parole Board for a clemency hearing Monday.

Williams was sentenced to death for the 1992 slaying of Bradley farmer Clyde Spence.

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