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Stay granted for Tyler man set to be executed

Clifton Williams (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice) Clifton Williams (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

A stay of execution has been granted for a man convicted in the 2005 murder of a 93-year-old Tyler woman.

An official with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that the stay was granted for Clifton Lamar Williams, 31. Williams had been scheduled for execution for the fatal beating, strangling and stabbing of Cecelia Schneider.

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Schneider was found stabbed to death inside her home on July 16, 2005. The night of the murder, police said neighbors spotted Williams in the neighborhood. Officers searched the area around Callahan Street and Fannin Avenue, where Williams lived. When they found him, police said Williams led officers on a brief foot chase, then ran to his father's home to hide.

According to a motion filed by Williams' attorney, Jim Huggler, they were notified on Monday that probabilities calculated by the Department of Public Safety's crime lab were calculated using wrong population data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

In their reply to the court, the Smith County District Attorney's Office said the evidence of guilt in the case in Smith County was 'overwhelming' and a recalculation by the Department of Public Safety shows there is 'nothing extraordinary or compelling that requires reconsideration.'

"While the odds for black persons like Applicant [Williams] have decreased slightly from the original DPS lab report, they still remain astronomically high at several billion times the total population of the Earth."

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According to the Associated Press, if the sentence is carried out, he would be the 10th inmate to receive a lethal injection this year in the state.

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