Testimony In Newspaper Carrier's Murder Trial Continues

Friday, October 12th 2007, 8:32 am
By: News On 6

Former Tulsa newspaper carrier Paul Williford is accused of delivering more than papers as testimony in his criminal trial got underway on Thursday. Paul Williford is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 75-year-old Geraldine Lawhorn and 73-year-old Donna Jo Stauffer. Both women were customers on his newspaper route.

Last year, Williford confessed on videotape to Tulsa Police that he strangled Lawhorn and Stauffer. Williford’s attorney is trying to prove his client's confession is an attempt by an innocent man to become famous.

Williford's attorney told jurors that Lawhorn and Stauffer were not murdered. However, a state Medical Examiner testified Thursday, one victim had the classic signs of strangulation, a broken neck bone and internal bleeding. The other woman was cremated without an autopsy, because in both cases, the deaths were presumed not to involve foul play, until Williford confessed.

Jurors are expected to see Williford's videotaped confession when the trial resumes Friday in Tulsa County District Court.

Williford is currently serving life in prison for attacking another Tulsa woman who lived on his route.

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