The attorney for truck driver Tyrone Williams conceded that Williams was “clearly guilty” of hauling illegal immigrants in a sealed trailer in which 19 died. Attorney Craig Washington also admitted that Williams had concocted an alibi for his actions.
Seeking the death penalty, the prosecution painted Williams as a “vile and heartless truck driver” who ignored pounding and pleas from inside his trailer. The defense said smugglers had distracted him as they overloaded his trailer at a field outside the border town of Harlingen, Tx. The Times tells the story of how Williams avoided the death penalty in a trial that began last October.