Families beg Kansas to keep double killer imprisoned

Danny Williams

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – Relatives of two women kill by the same man 12 years apart are asking Kansas parole officials to keep him behind bars.

Danny Williams was convicted in Idaho of second-degree murder in the 1970 beating death of Melba Gray, a mother of six. Idaho officials paroled him after eight years and he moved to Wichita, where he was convicted of stabbing Francis Ellifson to death at her home in April 1982.

About 40 friends and relatives of both victims attended a hearing of the Kansas Prisoner Review Board on Wednesday.

Many read emotional statements arguing for the 60-year-old inmate to remain locked up. They said they know Williams has been considered a model prisoner, but it doesn’t change their belief that he would kill again if released.

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