Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

High Court Allows Man's Execution

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

High Court Allows Man's Execution

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The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for the execution early today of Doyle J. Williams, who was condemned in 1981 for the murder of a potential witness against him.

On March 8, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis delayed the execution so it could hold a hearing next month on Williams' latest appeal.

But the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, lifted the delay and noted that the appellate court had "abused its discretion" by ordering it. Tuesday night, the Court of Appeals turned aside a new appeal by Williams. Williams, 48, was to be executed by injection at 12:01 a.m. today at the Potosi Correctional Center. He was condemned for the murder of Kerry Brummett of Jefferson City, who was to testify against Williams in the burg lary of a doctor's office. Williams also was convicted of murdering Dr. Albert H. Domann of Auxvasse, Mo., but was sentenced to life in prison for that murder. Williams had broken into Domann's office in April 1980 in a failed scheme to obtain narcotics from a pharmacy in Columbia, and Domann was to have testified in that case along with Brummett. Domann, 68, was shot in October 1980 and dumped in a quarry near Fulton, where Williams lived at the time. Brummett's handcuffed body was found a few days later in the Missouri River. Williams' latest appeal claimed that his lawyer did not adequately defend him during the separate hearing, held after the jury renders a guilty verdict, that determines punishment. A jury in Liberty, Mo., recommended that Williams die for his role in Brummett's murder. The 8th Circuit had scheduled a hearing for May 13 on Williams' claim. On Friday, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon asked the U.S. Supreme Court to cancel that hearing and allow the execution to proceed. Williams was known in the Potosi prison as a jailhouse lawyer who worked on his own appeals and those of fellow inmates. …

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