Second Crowley juvenile pleas guilty in April 2009 rape, murder case

A second Crowley juvenile accused of murder and rape has pleaded guilty to lesser charges and agreed to testify against the alleged organizer of their mayhem.

Meanwhile, that defendant is resisting plea bargaining, court sources indicate, because the state has no capital punishment hammer in its tool box.

Ryan Williams, 15 at the time of his crimes, was charged with murder, attempted murder and rape in an April 2009 home invasion.

He pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery, attempted first degree murder and forcible rape and was sentenced to 12 years, no parole.

A condition of his sentence is that he will testify consistent with his prior statements to the Crowley Police Dept.

Those statements revealed he and his three co-defendants broke into the house searching for someone who was not there and for his stash of money and/or drugs.

The woman who lived there was raped, shot and killed.

Claude Morrison, Jr., 15; Ove Wilson, 15; and Kevin Francis, 16, were also charged.

Morrison took a deal in April, pleading to an amended charge of attempted second degree murder, in exchange for testifying against Williams.

Morrison has not yet been sentenced. His bargain caps potential sentence to 20 years.

Williams, Wilson and Francis were also charged with the murder and robbery of a man in March of 2009.

In each case, Francis is alleged to be the ring leader.

Francis’ case was scheduled for trial on Nov. 3 and continued to Nov. 30, but continue again.

Francis, observers say, wants a more-lenient bargain that prosecutors are willing to give, knowing he cannot be executed because he was a juvenile at the time the killings occurred.

Wilson’s case, meanwhile, has not been to court since August of last year.

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