Reputed Gang Leader Guilty of Ordering Four Slain
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) _ A jury convicted a reputed drug gang leader of first-degree murder in the 1988 torture-slayings of four people whose nude bodies were found bound and gagged in a suburban home.
The jury also recommended sentencing Ronald Lee ″Trick″ Williams to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. But the sentencing judge has overridden similar recommendations for three co-defendants and sentenced them to death in the electric chair, though one of those sentences has been vacated.
Williams, 28, of Miami, was described by a prosecutor as ″the boss of bosses″ of the ″Miami Boys″ gang, which operated in Miami, Pensacola and Jacksonville.
Two co-defendants, brothers Bruce and Darrell Frazier, testified that Williams ordered the drug-related shooting deaths of three men and a woman whose bodies were found in a duplex in the Pensacola suburb of Pleasant Grove on Sept. 20, 1988.
The victims were bound, gagged, stripped and tortured before they were shot in the back of the head and their throats slashed. A fifth victim survived her injuries, and another woman escaped.
The Circuit Court jury also convicted Williams of six counts of kidnapping on Friday night and recommended the life sentence on Saturday. Circuit Judge Nickolas Geeker said he would set a sentencing date after June 6.
Juries that convicted three co-defendants also had recommended life imprisonment, but in each case Geeker overrode the recommendations and ordered death sentences. However, in one case the death sentence was vacated.
Bruce Frazier has yet to be tried. His brother was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but his sentence was vacated and is under review.
Also convicted of murder and sentenced to death were Timothy ″Red″ Robinson and Michael ″Mac″ Coleman.
Those killed were Mildred Baker, 22; and her husband, Michael ″Gas″ McCormick, 25; Derek Devan ″Dog″ Hill, 22; and Morris ″Bo″ Douglas, 25.