NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Marcel Williams is one of two inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday night, April 24, in what will be Arkansas’ first double-execution since 1999.
Williams has admitted to his crimes and apologized for what he did, but that hasn’t been enough to be spared by the justice system.
“Marcel Williams is my Boogeyman. He doesn’t deserve any mercy,” Trista Wussick, a family friend of Williams’ victim, said.
On November 20, 1994, Trista, then 12 years old, was babysitting then 23-year-old Stacy Errickson’s two little kids while Erickson was at work.
Trista was the last person to see Stacy alive.
“I never knew that cold November morning would change my life and countless others’ [lives] forever,” Trista said.
While Errickson was getting gas in Jacksonville, Marcel Williams, 24 at the time, forced her into his car at gunpoint, drove her to several ATMs to make a total of 18 transactions, then raped and strangled her in an abandoned storage shed.
Williams buried her body in a shallow grave near a smokestack in North Little Rock that can still be seen today in the city’s skyline.
“I still remember everything like it was yesterday,” Trista said.
Two days after Errickson’s murder, Williams kidnapped and raped two other women within 12 hours.
22 years later, one of those two women, Dina Windle, came all the way from New Jersey to look Williams in the eye once more to ask the Arkansas Parole Board to spare his life.
“This man has turned his life around and he’s found God. He’s serving God,” Windle said.
A remorseful Williams couldn’t hold back his tears.
“I am so sorry. I wish I could take it back but I can’t,” Williams said.
Trista says she wishes the same… after more than two decades, she says her friend’s death still leaves a hole in her heart.
“I still think of her every day and always will,” Trista said.