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People v. Williams, S029490

Conviction of defendant for first-degree murder and other crimes and a sentence of death are affirmed in its entirety over defendant's claims that: 1) the statements that he made to the police following his arrest were obtained in violation of Miranda and were involuntary; 2) the taint of the initial police coercion infected a witness's trial testimony in violation of defendant's right to a fair trial as guaranteed by the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution; 3) the trial court erred in failing to instruct the jury on consideration of accomplice testimony; 4) the trial court erred in delivering former CALJIC No. 2.11.5 without amendment; 5) the trial court erred in its prior felony conviction instructions; 6) asserted prosecutorial misconduct; 7) instruction on the Governor's commutation power; and 8) unconstitutionality of California's death penalty scheme.

Appellate Information

  • Submitted 06/28/2010
  • Decided 06/28/2010
  • Published 06/28/2010


  • <a href="">GEORGE, C. J.</a>


  • Supreme Court of California


  • For Appellant:
  • Lynne S. Coffin, Bill Lockyer