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10/12/06-Tyler

Williams Trial Coming To A Close

The punishment phase in the capital murder trial of Clifton Williams is coming to a close. Thursday, prosecutors ended their rebuttal after nine days of testimony from both sides. The 23-year-old was found guilty of killing Cecilia Schneider, 93, in July of last year.  

The defense claims Williams is mentally retarded. The U.S. Supreme Court says it's unconstitutional to execute a mentally retarded person. The last witness called to the stand today was doctor Edward Gripon, a psychiatrist who interview Williams last Thursday.

Dr. Gripon was asked about William's mental condition. "He was placed on an anti-psychotic medication. He still has the same symptoms that he alleges when he came into the Smith County Jail. He alleges he still hears certain noises. He says he sees these things he thinks are spirit or ghost. And that's regardless of taking the medication. He's been taking the medication for the 15 months he's been in the smith county jail," said psychiatrist Gripon.

Friday morning Judge Kent will read the charge to the jury. The prosecution and defense will take up closing arguments. Then, the jury will get the case for punishment.  

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.  ortega@kltv.com

   

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