Decatur County man has conviction overturned - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Decatur County man has conviction overturned

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

 The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's decision throwing out the 2002 conviction of Jimmie Ray Williams on sexual molestation of his 13-year old stepdaughter and her 14-year old friend.

In Friday's unanimous decision, the court found Williams was denied effective legal assistance during his trial.

Williams was released from prison in 2012 after a judge granted his writ of habeas corpus petition that challenged his conviction.

Williams argued his attorney failed to get court records from a 1993 case in Florida where authorities concluded his daughter had made up claims that Williams had touched her in appropriately.

The testimony from his daughter was used in Williams 2002 trial in Decatur County.

Copyright2014 WALB. All rights reserved.


  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Valdosta juvenile arrested after stabbing

    Valdosta juvenile arrested after stabbing

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 10:17 AM EDT2017-07-26 14:17:21 GMT
    (WALB image)(WALB image)

    Fire Fighters at Fire Station 2 reported that a man approached the fire station bleeding from a chest wound.  They provided first aid and called for EMS.  

    More >>

    Fire Fighters at Fire Station 2 reported that a man approached the fire station bleeding from a chest wound.  They provided first aid and called for EMS.  

    More >>
  • Rainy weather keeps lawn care businesses busy

    Rainy weather keeps lawn care businesses busy

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 7:53 AM EDT2017-07-26 11:53:28 GMT
    Keeping the grass cut is keeping people busy in southwest Georgia (Source: WALB)Keeping the grass cut is keeping people busy in southwest Georgia (Source: WALB)

    Wet weather in southwest Georgia is making the grass grow back quickly creating a spike in calls to lawn care businesses. 

    More >>

    Wet weather in southwest Georgia is making the grass grow back quickly creating a spike in calls to lawn care businesses. 

    More >>
  • Changes coming to YMCA after school programs

    Changes coming to YMCA after school programs

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 7:21 AM EDT2017-07-26 11:21:25 GMT
    The Y  (Source: WALB)The Y (Source: WALB)

    The YMCA is offering some new after school programs this year after the 21st Century grant ended.

    More >>

    The YMCA is offering some new after school programs this year after the 21st Century grant ended.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly