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Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty In Beating, Stabbing Death Of OKC Man

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78-year-old Vernon Gowdy was found dead inside his southwest OKC apartment. 78-year-old Vernon Gowdy was found dead inside his southwest OKC apartment.
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Prosecutors want the death penalty for a teenager accused of beating and stabbing an elderly man.

Eighteen-year-old Edward Williams is accused of hitting 78-year-old Vernon Gowdy in the head with a nunchuk, then stabbing him to death.

4/4/2012 Related Story: OKC Man Arrested After Leading Police To Stabbing Victim

Prosecutors say Williams told investigators he planned to kill his girlfriend. But when he arrived at her house, she had company. So he went to Gowdy's apartment instead.

Williams then called police and reported the stabbing.

Vernon Gowdy, Gowdy's son, says Williams deserves no mercy.

"Anybody premeditates a crime, they think it out. They beat somebody. They stab somebody 18 times. It's a heinous crime. To me, somebody like that should get the death penalty," Vernon Gowdy said.

Prosecutors say Williams is a continuing threat to society and will prove it to get the death penalty.

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