Soldier faces trial in Okla. base starvation death

AP News
Posted: Feb 08, 2013 2:22 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A soldier is charged with first-degree murder in the starvation death of a 10-year-old boy at an Oklahoma Army base.

Pvt. Connell Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury in the May 5, 2011, death of Marcus Holloway, the son of Williams' girlfriend, at Fort Sill.

Jury selection is to begin Monday in Williams' trial at the U.S. Courthouse in Lawton. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Williams and the boy's mother, Candice Holloway, are accused of depriving the boy of food for months until he starved to death.

Holloway has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder as part of a plea agreement in which she will serve 30 years in federal prison and testify against Williams.

Williams has pleaded not guilty.