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New sentencing trial set for AR capital murder convict

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Frank Williams, Jr., 47, was convicted of capital murder in 1993 for shooting a man that had just fired him from his job on a farm. (Source: Arkansas Department of Corrections) Frank Williams, Jr., 47, was convicted of capital murder in 1993 for shooting a man that had just fired him from his job on a farm. (Source: Arkansas Department of Corrections)
Frank Williams, Jr., (left) is seen awaiting his hearing in Lafayette Co., AR court on Friday morning. Frank Williams, Jr., (left) is seen awaiting his hearing in Lafayette Co., AR court on Friday morning.
LEWISVILLE, AR (KSLA) -

A new sentencing trial has been set for an Arkansas man who has been on death row since his conviction more than 20 years ago for killing a man that had just fired him from his job on a farm.

Frank Williams, Jr., now 47, in 1993 of capital murder in the shooting death of Clyde Spence. While Williams' conviction stands and is not in question, the Supreme Court overturned his sentence in 2013, citing an error in the jury's failure to state that it considered mitigating circumstances in sentencing Williams to die.

According to Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney Carson Jones, there was a blank on the verdict form that the Supreme Court found had been improperly checked.

Now, a trial is set for July 7 to determine whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison or once again be sentenced to death. 

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