Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 6, 2013

Man convicted in ’95 slaying scheduled for parole hearing

Michael Shane Williams was found guilty of killing Roger White

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

LEBANON — One of five men convicted in the 1995 beating death of a Boyd County man will have a parole hearing next month.

Michael Shane Williams, 34, is on the Kentucky Parole Board’s hearing schedule for August, according to the board’s website. Williams is not eligible for parole until October, but hearings are held 60 days prior to an inmate’s parole date.

It will be the second try for parole for Williams, whose first hearing was on Oct. 9, 2007. The board deferred him for six years then.

Williams, who was sentenced in September 1997 by Boyd Circuit Judge C. David Hagerman, is lodged in the Marion Adjustment Center, according to the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup System.

Williams pleaded guilty to charges of murder, first-degree burglary and theft in connection with the Oct. 21, 1995, slaying of 46-year-old Roger White. Authorities said White was beaten to death with an aluminum baseball bat when he interrupted a burglary at his residence on Arnett Drive.

Williams was sentenced to 30 years. He and Timothy Eugene Mullins, 42, are the only two members of the quintet convicted in White’s murder who are still in prison.

Mullins — who pleaded guilty to murder, burglary and theft and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for 20 years — was identified as the defendant who wielded the bat. Williams, who was a juvenile at the time of the murder, maintained he never hit White. But, in statements to police, Mullins said Williams took his turn with the bat.

White’s body wasn’t found until five days after his murder, when he failed to show up for work at the now-closed Allied-Signal plant in Ironton.

Three other defendants, Thomas Scott Williams —Shane Williams’ brother — Brandon Reffitt and Harry Reynolds, all pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Shane Williams’ minimum serve-out date, with application of “good” time, is March 22, 2014, according to KOOL, while his maximum expiration-of-sentence date is Oct. 17, 2025.