Victim's Family's Kind Act Surprises Death Row Inmate

Family paid for Kenneth Williams' daughter to fly to Arkansas
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2017 10:54 AM CDT
Victim's Family's Kind Act Surprises Death Row Inmate
Kenneth Williams   (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)

Kayla Greenwood understands the desire to see one's father a final time. In 1999, when she was 5, Greenwood’s dad was killed when an escaped prisoner in a stolen truck slammed into his vehicle during a police chase. That escaped prisoner, convicted of killing two others, is now scheduled to be executed in Arkansas at 7pm Thursday, reports the Springfield News-Leader. But while Greenwood isn't able to speak to her dad one last time, she wanted to give Kenneth Williams' daughter that chance. After learning 21-year-old Jasmine hadn't seen her father in 17 years, Greenwood reached out to her Tuesday, with her mother offering to pay for her and her 3-year-old daughter to fly to Little Rock to see Williams before his execution.

"At least that can be something good and beautiful that can come out of something so horrible," Greenwood, whose family has appealed for Williams' life to be spared, tells KSPR. She adds Williams cried "when he found out that we are bringing his daughter and granddaughter to see him." Williams, 38, appeared less grateful when he initially avoided the death penalty for the 1998 murder of a college cheerleader, reportedly taunting the victim's family after his sentence of life in prison was read out. He escaped from prison weeks later, killed a man who lived nearby, and stole his truck before crashing into one driven by Michael Greenwood, 24, per Reuters. He was later sentenced to death. All requests to stay his execution have been denied, reports KATV. (More Arkansas stories.)

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