15-year-old panhandle boy accused of killing his father going to trial

By: News Email
By: News Email

AP-- A trial date has been set for a 15-year-old Florida panhandle boy accused of killing his father.

Warren Williams is scheduled to go to court April 11, a year and a month after authorities say he fatally shot his 55-year-old father, William Williams.

The son faces a first-degree murder charge, which carries a mandatory life sentence if he is convicted.

His attorney, Barry Beroset, has filed a motion arguing that such a sentence for a child constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment."

The teen is being held at Escambia County Jail. He was just 14-years-old when he allegedly shot his father three times killing him last March.

He told a 911 operator minutes after the shooting: "I’m sick of my life, and I wanted to shoot him."

He told officers he had taken a gun from his father's chest of drawers. The elder Williams was a TSA airport security manager and former Marine.

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