AR Executions Recap: What Kenneth Williams did to Land on Death Row

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Thursday, April 27, death row inmate Kenneth Williams is scheduled to be executed in what could be the state's fourth death row inmate put to death in just over a week.  
 
Almost twenty years ago, in 1998, then 19-year-old Kenneth Williams kidnapped University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) cheerleader Dominique Hurd and her friend. 
 
Court documents show Williams drove them to several ATMs to get money and then shot them both before speeding away in a stolen car. The friend survived, but Dominique died at the hospital.
 
Williams was put in prison for the double shooting and Dominique's murder.
 
While serving time for that crime, Williams managed to escape prison and kill an Arkansas farmer.
 
On an October morning in 1999, Williams escaped from the Cummins Unit, walked about two miles down the road from the jail and broke into a home, where he killed Cecil Boren.
 
Cecil's wife, Genie, was at church at the time.  
 
Genie says Williams drug her husband outside and shot him six times near their garden.
 
Williams then took off to Missouri where he killed a man in a traffic accident. 
 
In 2000, Williams was sentenced to death. He is scheduled to be executed Thursday in the same prison from which he escaped.
 
"We've been waiting a long, long time for this. He did a wrong. His jury of peers gave him a death sentence. People have to be punished for the things they've done," Genie said.
 
Williams is responsible for killing four people total.
 
Williams submitted a post on "The Marshall Project" -- an online publication that reports on criminal justice -- saying "God has transformed him."
 
He filed requests for a Stay of Execution to the state Supreme Court, alleging jurors ignored evidence of his abusive childhood, borderline mental retardation and other factors. Williams also has at least one open case with motions pending in federal court, alleging jury misconduct. 
 
After sitting on death row for nearly 17 years, his execution is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the same prison he escaped from all those years ago.
 
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