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Family of Black teen executed in Pennsylvania file lawsuit nearly 100 years after his death

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The family of a teen who was executed by the state of Pennsylvania after being convicted of murder in 1931 have filed a lawsuit seeking damages nearly 100 years after his death.


On Monday, attorneys for the family of Alexander McClay Williams, who was executed by the state when he was just 16-years-old, announced that they were bringing forward a lawsuit over Williams’ execution after his conviction was vacated in 2022 and a new trial was ordered.


However, Williams was not retried posthumously, and his record was expunged back in 2017.


Williams’ family have long professed his innocence.