Family of man killed by death row inmate buys plane tickets for his relatives

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Family members of a man whose death was caused by Arkansas condemned killer Kenneth Williams said they’ve forgiven him — and bought plane tickets so the condemned man’s daughter and granddaughter could visit before his scheduled execution Thursday.

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Michael Greenwood was killed in a 1999 traffic wreck with Williams, who had escaped from prison, where he was serving a life sentence for killing a cheerleader. Williams faces execution Thursday for killing another man, Cecil Boren, while on the run.

Michael Greenwood’s daughter, Kayla Greenwood, told the Springfield News-Leader that she learned a few days ago that Williams has a 21-year-old daughter, Jasmine, whom he hasn’t seen for 17 years and a 3-year-old granddaughter he’s never met. Greenwood said her mother bought plane tickets for Williams’ daughter and granddaughter to fly from Washington state to Arkansas so they could see Williams on Wednesday, a day before his execution.

“I told him we forgive him and where I stood on it,” said Greenwood, who sent a message to Williams through his attorney. “When he found out that we are bringing his daughter and granddaughter to see him and that my mom and dad bought the tickets, he was crying to the attorney.”

Members of Greenwood’s family had urged clemency for Williams. But family members of Boren, whose killing led to Williams’ death sentence, told the Arkansas Parole Board that the execution should go forward.