UPDATE: Parole Denied For Man Who Killed 2 Women

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Parole has been denied for a man who killed two women.

Danny Williams was originally convicted of murdering Melba Gray in Idaho back in 1970, but was paroled seven years into his sentence.

He moved to Wichita, where he later murdered Francis Ellifson in 1982.

Several people spoke out against Williams' parole at hearings in April. One of Gray's family members recently contacted KAKE News, saying parole had been denied.

Williams will be up for parole again in three years.


It was standing room only at the parole hearing for a twice-convicted murderer who butchered two women.

Danny Williams was paroled after serving only seven years for a brutal murder in Idaho in 1970. Shortly after, he came to Kansas and killed another woman.

Dozens of people, many of whom didn't even know Francis Ellifson, but they know the hurt.

"Just knowing that we have somebody who understands your pain," explained Mable Gray, sister of Melba Gray. "It's hard to explain that to somebody who hasn't gone through it, but you kind of have that sense of connection."

Melba Gray was brutally murdered in her own home 43 years ago. It was Friday the 13th in November, 1970. Her body was sexually defiled with a knife and then dragged to a nearby railroad track. A train severed her arm and leg. Danny Williams lived a few houses down.

In Kansas, Ellifson was brutally murdered in her North Wichita home in 1982. Her sister was on the phone with her when next-door neighbor, Danny Williams, broke in.

"When I got down there, all I could see was lights, police and an ambulance," Shirlene Turnbaugh told the prisoner review board. "And my sister laying on a gurney with her leg hanging out and her panty hose all torn up."

Ellifson's brother now says he is working to meet with Williams in prison... to find out what makes him tick. He's doing it for his dad.

"The last word my dad heard from Francis was 'Dad can you help me?' said Charles Ross. "My last word for Danny will be 'It'll be a cold day in Hell when you see the outdoors.'"

Danny Williams was the same man who murdered Melba Gray in Idaho. Charged with first degree murder, he was allowed to plead guilty to second degree murder. After receiving a life sentence, he won an appeal within a year and had the sentence commuted to 30 years. Then, the Idaho Parole Board released Williams on a condition that he leave the state and learn a new trade. He came to Kansas and became a butcher in a meat packing plant.

The Kansas Prisoner Review Board will now meet with Williams himself at the Lansing Correctional Facility. Decisions on parole usually take several months.

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