Family of 93-year-old murder victim outraged after murderer's death sentence delayed

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The daughter of a 93-year-old woman who was brutally murdered in Tyler back in 2005 says she is outraged after her mother's killer was granted a stay of execution this week.

Clifton Williams was scheduled to be executed June 21 for the murder of 93-year-old Cecilia Schneider. Williams was found guilty more than a decade ago of stabbing the elderly woman to death, setting her body on fire, and stealing her car.

Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham says back in 2005, the evidence against Williams was so overwhelming that Williams was immediately found guilty and sentenced to death by lethal injection.

This is the second time Williams has won a delay due to claims of mental illness. Williams first death date was delayed until June 21, and now it is delayed again.

"I cannot believe that our court system is letting this kind of stuff continue; doesn't it have any impact on them as human beings, where they allow us to continue to be hurt? The man has been locked up like an animal, because he is an animal," the victim's daughter, Barbara Holder, says.
Holder says waiting for justice in her mother's murder has nearly killed her; she says she promised Williams she would be in every court room he appeared in.

But now, after what she calls a fault in the judicial system, she says her heart can't take waiting any longer.

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