Pa. court denies new trial for killer of police informant

Yaquan Williams (Lancaster County District Attorney's Office)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A state appeals court has denied a new trial for a city man sentenced to life in prison for killing a police informant in 2009.

Yaquan Williams argued his trial attorney was ineffective and didn’t call a witness who could have cleared him. Superior Court ruled his claims had no merit, according to the Lancaster County district attorney’s office.

Williams, 35, was convicted in 2010 of first-degree murder for the killing of Mary Johnson. Prosecutors said Williams shot Johnson several times in the back when he learned she was an informant.

Johnson identified Williams as the shooter before she died.

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