Matthew Ryan Elliott and William Davis
Two teenaged boys, Matthew Ryan Elliott, 16, and William Davis, 17, plotted for at least three weeks to kill 15-year old Brittni Pater, who was 12 weeks pregnant. They dug a grave for her on February 4, 2000 and picked up some large sheets of plastic from the Kroger grocery store where Davis worked.
They bludgeoned her repeatedly with a long, heavy metal bar wrapped with heavy tape around one end, as though the person who wielded it wanted to make sure he was able to get a good grip, investigators said. Then they ran her down with their car and dumped her battered body in an old gravel pit.
Elliott immediately bragged to his friends about how he had killed Brittni.
Several students have told investigators that they heard Matthew discussing plans to kill Brittni, the sheriff said. And authorities believe that Brittni knew she was going to die. At some point before her death, Matthew told Brittni they weren’t headed to an abortion clinic, the county sheriff said. “We think he told her he was going to kill her.”
Elliott and Davis were both charged with capital murder after giving statements in which Brittni’s pregnancy was cited as the reason she was killed. On November 2, 2000, a Columbia County jury found Davis guilty of capital murder for his part in the fatal beating.
MAGNOLIA, Ark. — A July 18, 2011 hearing has been set on a convicted killer’s request to have his sentence of life without parole changed to make him eligible for future release.
William Davis was convicted in 2000 of capital murder in the death of 15-year-old Brittni Pater outside Magnolia. Davis was 17 when Prater was killed and 18 when he was convicted.
Matthew Ryan Elliott, 16 at the time of the crime, pleaded guilty to murder in the case in April 2000 and also was sentenced to life without parole.
Defense attorney Robert Depper, in his motion for the hearing, said Elliott killed Pater and there was no evidence presented at trial to suggest that Davis did anything other than conspire with Elliott, and that Davis wasn’t there when Pater was bludgeoned to death.
Depper wrote that Davis should at least have the opportunity to be paroled and reformed.
Columbia County Deputy Prosecutor David Butler has told The Banner-News that prosecutors will “vigorously object” to any change in the sentence.
Prosecutors have said Pater was killed because she was pregnant and Elliot was the suspected father.
See the offender page at the Arkansas Department of Corrections website. Mr Jackson was 14 when he was an accomplice in a robbery of a video store in which Laurie Troup was murdered. His appeal is subject of the Jackson v Hobbs case before the US Supreme Court which will rule on the constitutionality of his life sentence for a murder in which he was not the “trigger man”. One of the issues at trial was what Mr. Jackson meant when he told the victim that they were not playing around in this robbery.