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Ruling tosses 1 of Arizona man’s 2 murder convictions

PHOENIX — An Arizona appellate court has thrown out one of two murder
convictions received by a man for one death.

The Court of Appeals ruling upholds Berry Williams’ conviction and life
sentence for first-degree felony murder but overturns out his conviction and
life sentence for second-degree murder.

Both convictions in Maricopa County Superior Court stemmed from another man’s
2010 death in a collision involving his vehicle and a car that Williams was
driving. Williams was driving away from a store where he’d stolen four cases of beer.

The felony murder charge accused Berry of committing first-degree murder while
engaged in unlawful flight. The second-degree murder charge alleged he committed
murder in extreme indifference to human life.

The ruling said Williams cannot be sentenced more than once for the death of
one person.


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