Luke Williams III


Age: 56

South Carolina man who after trying to collect $525,000 from his family's life insurance policy was condemned to death for the 1991 capital murder of his wife Linda Williams and their 12-year-old adopted son Shaun whose bodies were found beaten and strangled inside a burning van left in a remote patch of woods in Edgefield County, South Carolina and who repeatedly appealed his sentence over the years, but his final attempt was recently denied and became the first parent to be executed for killing his child in South Carolina since the ban on executions was lifted in 1977.

Cause of Death: Executed by lethal injection

Born: August 14, 1952

Died: February 20, 2009

Columbia, South Carolina