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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Dismemberment
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: 1974 / 1999
Date of arrest: January 14, 2000
Date of birth: February 14, 1951
Victims profile: His landlord / His wife Frances Williams, 53
Method of murder: ??? / Stabbing with knife
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Status: Sentenced to 7 to 21 years in prison in 1974. Paroled in 1981. Sentenced to death on March 2, 2002

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


opinion 381 CAP


Connie Williams was sentenced to death for murdering and dismembering his wife Francesca. He was sentenced to death on March 2, 2002.  Williams was convicted of first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse.

The jury deliberated about 5 hours on the guilt phase and another 5 hours on the punishment phase before deciding Williams should be executed. 

Family members of the victim were satisfied with the jury's decision and relieved for it to be done and over with, according to a prosecutor.

Connie Williams stabbed his wife Frances Williams, 53, with a knife while he was cooking steak and home fries in August 1999. After the murder, he sawed off her head, hands and feet and stuffed them in a freezer before dumping them elsewhere.

Williams had a previous murder conviction for killing his landlord in the 70s. He had served 7 years for second degree murder.

Williams claimed that he killed his wife in a fit of passion after they had argued about money and her threats of divorce. Williams also claimed he never realized what he had done until he found his wife's remains in the freezer. Williams then reported his wife missing.  After police found traces of Frances's blood in the home, Williams confessed.

Williams has tested as low as 59 on IQ tests, so has a strong case for appeal since the Supreme Court has refused to allow the execution of mentally retarded killers.

The jury heard evidence regarding the low IQ but one juror said it did not overcome the aggravating factor of the prior murder conviction.



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