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Attorney For Wayne Williams Asks $99,000 In Legal Fees For Appeals

July 27, 1985

ATLANTA (AP) _ The judge who presided over Wayne Williams’ murder trial is studying an attorney’s request for $99,000 in fees for conducting appeals for the man convicted of two of the so-called Atlanta child murders.

Lynn Whatley was appointed, along with trial lawyer Alvin Binder, to the Williams appeal. Whatley claims he is entitled to the fees although he agreed in 1982 to take the case for $250 in fees, plus a maximum of $500 in expenses.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Clarence Cooper is expected to rule this week on Whatley’s request for a hearing.

Williams, 27, was convicted of two murders and is serving a life sentence. The victims were among 29 young blacks whose slayings or disappearances between 1979 and 1981 were investigated by a police task force.

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