From Oklahoma to Texas, the work to bring serial killer William Reece to justice
Parents’ determination, an interstate agreement, and 25 years of constant police work helped bring William Reece back to Texas after he received a death sentence in Oklahoma. The result: Reece pleading guilty to the 1997 murders of Laura Smither, Jessica Cain and Kelli Ann Cox.
Texas man on death row pleads guilty in 3 cold-case killings
A man already sentenced to death for a cold-case killing in Oklahoma pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday in the deaths of three girls whose disappearances in Texas also went unsolved for decades. William Reece, 62, pleaded guilty in a courtroom in Galveston in the 1997 killings of 12-year-old Laura Smither of Friendswood and 17-year-old Jessica Cain of Tiki Island.news.yahoo.com
Oklahoma jury recommends death for alleged serial killer
A jury in Oklahoma has recommended a death sentence for an alleged serial killer who was convicted of kidnapping a woman from a car wash and killing her more than 20 years ago. The jury on Wednesday recommended the death penalty for William Lewis Reece, who was convicted last week of first-degree murder for the 1997 kidnapping and killing of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston. Reece did not testify at his trial, but the jury heard recordings of his confessions to police in which he admitted killing Johnston and three other people in Texas, The Oklahoman reported.news.yahoo.com
Accused serial killer found guilty of murder
Accused serial killer William Lewis Reece has been found guilty of murder for the first time since a series of young girls were murdered in Texas and Oklahoma in 1997. It took an Oklahoma County jury less than 2 hours to find Reece guilty of murdering Tiffany Johnston in the town of Bethany. The case remain unsolved until Reece was charged with the crime in 2015 after DNA linked him to Johnston’s body and a phone card linked him to the area where she disappeared.