Jury: Death for Pregnant Mom Killer
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) _ Saying they were sickened by the crime, jurors recommended the death sentence for a woman convicted of murdering two children and their pregnant mother and cutting the woman’s full-term fetus from her womb.
A week earlier, the same jury convicted Jacqueline Annette Williams, 31, in the 1995 killings of Debra Evans, 28, and two of her children, 10-year-old Samantha and 7-year-old Joshua.
``Just the way the crimes were done would affect anybody that was human,″ juror Susan Ryan said outside the courthouse Friday evening.
Williams put her hand to her mouth as the verdict was read, but showed no other emotion.
Prosecutors said Williams, who had been pretending to be pregnant, masterminded the killings because she wanted Evans’ unborn baby.
``We think justice was served in this case,″ Assistant State’s Attorney John Kinsella said. ``It’s a very difficult decision, a very weighty decision. But there appeared to be very clear unanimity.″
Public defenders argued that Williams participated in the killings only because she was afraid of her boyfriend and co-defendant, Fedell Caffey.
Separate trials are pending for Caffey, 25, and Laverne Ward, 26. Ward fathered the baby cut from the womb and another boy, 4-year-old Jordan, who was left unharmed in the suburban Chicago apartment.
Williams, who was also convicted of kidnapping, is due back in court in May for formal sentencing.
Jordan and 2-year-old Elijah, the boy who was cut from his mother’s womb, are being raised by Evans’ father.