According to the Associated Press, an attorney for an Arkansas death row inmate says lawyers who previously represented the man weren’t effective and that his case deserves another look. Lawyer Deborah Czuba made her arguments on behalf of Frank Williams before the state Supreme Court on Thursday. Williams was sentenced to death for the 1992 killing of Lafayette County farmer Clyde Spence. Williams had been set for execution over the summer but the justices granted a stay.
Czuba argued that problems with Williams’ previous legal team warranted another review. Assistant Attorney General Karen Wallace disagreed. Justices on Thursday also asked questions about Williams’ mental health. Prosecutors say Spence had fired Williams from his farm and that Williams shot Spence. Williams is also challenging the state’s execution procedures as part of another lawsuit.