Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis approves $2M to compensate man wrongly convicted

Clifford Williams
Posted at 10:47 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 10:49:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill to compensate a former death row inmate $2 million who was released after 43 years in prison for a murder that authorities now say he didn’t commit.

Clifford Williams was released from prison in 2019 in a case that is now called an injustice. Both chambers of the Legislature passed the bill unanimously in March.

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Williams and his nephew, Nathan Myers, were convicted of the 1976 fatal shooting of Jeanette Williams and the attempted murder of Nina Marshall in Jacksonville.

Williams was at first sentenced to death and spent four years on death row before being resentenced to life in prison.