Marcel Williams, aged 46, is due to be executed in Arkansas on 24 April. The jury never heard any mitigating evidence about his childhood of severe abuse and trauma. That evidence is now before the clemency board which will consider his petition on 27 March.
- Calling for clemency for Marcel Williams and for his death sentence to be commuted;
- Expressing concern that the jury heard no evidence about his background of poverty, deprivation and abuse and its effects, noting that the only judge to hear this evidence said that the death sentence should not stand;
- Explaining that you are not seeking to condone violent crime or to downplay its consequences.