On January 11, 2017, a Cape Girardeau County jury took 40 minutes to find Michael L. Futrell, 58, guilty of first degree murder and armed criminal action for the killing of 36-year old Manuel G. Williams of Doniphan, Missouri.
“I am proud of our attorneys’ hard work to ensure this violent and repeat offender suffers the serious consequences for his actions,” Attorney General Josh Hawley said. “Our office will prosecute those who seek to harm our communities to the fullest extent of the law. We have zero tolerance for violent crimes and the criminals who commit them.”
At trial, witnesses testified that on August 29, 2014, the victim and Futrell argued at a small going-away party for a friend of the victim. Futrell was asked to leave and returned 15-20 minutes later with a .40 caliber handgun. Futrell walked up the driveway and shot Williams in the chest, dropping the victim to his knees and executed Williams with a second shot to the back of the head.
Futrell faces a mandatory punishment of life without the possibility of parole for first degree murder and a minimum sentence of at least three years incarceration for armed criminal action. He will be sentenced, as a prior felon, on February 27, 2017, by the Honorable Benjamin Lewis of Cape Girardeau County.
The case was tried by Assistant Attorney General Monty Platz and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Ripley County, Kacey Proctor. The case was investigated by the Doniphan Police Department.