UPDATE: HOUSTON (KYTX/AP) — An execution date was set Thursday for 31-year-old Clifton Lamar Williams who is on death row for the slaying of a 93-year-old woman a decade ago at her home in Tyler.
State District Judge Christi Kennedy set July 16, of this year as an execution date.
The Supreme Court justices recently refused to review the case of Williams.
Williams was condemned for the July 2005 beating, strangling and stabbing of Cecelia Schneider. Her body was set on fire and her car and purse containing $40 were stolen. DNA and fingerprint evidence linked the Tyler man to her slaying.
Prosecutors said he used the money to buy crack cocaine.
Appeals lawyers contended Williams had deficient legal help at his 2006 Smith County trial and that he was mentally impaired, making him ineligible for the death penalty.