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the for Radio. L. GM to ai ol an on with small own Aftermaths of Trial.. Johnson Feels Justice Was Done Two members of the jury la Annie Laurie Willlami' flrit murder trial Monday wanted to £lve ler the death penalty...two otheri wanted to glvo her !··· than life mprlsonment ...one member of Jie jury In the second murder trial wanted to give her only two years ilnce she had already been flvcn a life s«ntence in the flrit trial .... Such were ths rumors circulating at the court house Tuesday. They were unverlflable because Jury deliberations In murder trials are secret and held behind closed and locked doers guarded by deputy sheriffs. But sometimes "leaks" occur. "Yea, I've heard those rumors, but I have no comment to make on them," District Attorney Marsen e Johnson Jr. said Tuesday. Mrs. Williams pleaded guilty to two indictments charging her with the mutilation murder of her eons, Conrad, 8, and Calvin, B, on Feb. 18 of this year. Johnson and Defense - Counsel Percy Foreman of Houston had agreed upon a llf* asnt«nee In each case, If she would enter a plea of guilty. "I feel deep down En my heart I got as much aa I could have gotten had thn cases, been contested and had they gone to trial In detail," Johnson said Tuesday. "Knowing the facts and the circumstance a and the evidence as I do, I ieel they could have had nn effect on tho jury which might have created a doubt iti the jury's mind, and this would have made tho difference between death in tho electric chair, life imprisonment In tho penitentiary or a lesser penalty, "Thnt'B tho way I feel about it," Johnson declared. Chief Deputy Sheriff Mike Fltz- immonji stntcd Tuesday MM. Wil- inmfl will bo tranaforrcd from the county Jnll to the state penitentiary nn soon HM penitentiary authorities tend for her. MABSENE JOHNSON JR. . . He Made A Dtwl Williams Sorry She Pled Guilty Mrs. Annie Laurie Williams declared Tuesday the should not | have followed her attorney's advice and pleaded guilty on of murdering her twoiBon The 32-year-old P a s a woman, under two sentences of life Imprisonment, in an interview at the county jail reiterated her previous claims she had not personally killed her sons and said she felt as If she had been "sold down the river." Asserting she preferred "death to life In prison," Mrs. Williams aald her family might appeal two life sentences. Mrs. Williams said her attorney, Percy Foreman, tried to talk to her about pleading guilty a ago when she was In the State Psychopathic Hospital for examination. "I was all mixed up and I don't know what h»j said," she contended. Then, she continued, shortly before her trial began In 56th Court Monday, Foreman told her une should plead guilty and the life imprisonment sentence she agreed. Judge W. E. Stone of 66th District Court, Monday asked Mrs. Williams repeatedly, both In his chambers before the trial began and again in open court, if she really.wanted to plead guilty and If she realized the consequences. She replied she did, Mrs, Williams alao was asked repeatedly Tuesday by a reporter why shf agreed tp plead guilty If she felt she was innocent. She declined to answer the question, In claiming her Innocence, Mrs, Williams reiterated a former that and bindcs. She admitted she buried JUDGE W. E. STONE · ·. He Pronounced Sentence a man killed her two sorji i ut up their bodies with their bodicpf, Iv dm it ted nar clali,med she forced to do it. Mrs. William* declined to answer questions a a to *yhy the killed the two

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 09 Nov 1955, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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