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A jury has recommended the death penalty for accused serial killer, William Reece for the 1997 murder of Tiffany Johnston, according to KFOR News. It took the jury one hour and 45 minutes to reach their verdict.

William Reece, 61, was charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the 1997 killing of 19-year-old Johnston who was abducted from a car wash in Bethany, OK. Johnston’s body was found the next day in Canadian County, according to ABC13 News.

Oklahoma prosecutors had previously said they would seek the death penalty in the Johnston killing.

Reece, a suspected serial killer, had ties with high-profile cases in the Houston area.

A Texas Ranger testified during the preliminary hearing in 2017 that Reece acknowledged killing “the Oklahoma girl” during an interview in March 2016. He is also suspected of killing a woman and two girls in Texas in 1997, according to ABC13 News.

Johnston, 20-year-old Kelli Cox, 17-year-old Jessica Cain and 12-year-old Laura Smither all disappeared over a four month period in 1997, after Reece was released from an Oklahoma prison for previous rape and kidnapping convictions, reported ABC13News.

“This was for Tiff. Even though it will help families in Texas, this was Tiffany’s time.” Said Tiffany’s mom, Kathy Dobry.

Reece is still facing murder charges in Galveston County, TX for the murders of Cain and Smither, according to ABC13 News.

Reece will be formally sentenced on August 19, 2021.


William Reece in court

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