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Willie Francis Case (1980)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: St. Martinville, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-02-22

Duration: 00:10:42

Subjects: Francis, Willie | Electric chair | Capital Punishment | PRISONERS


  • George, Beth Host
  • DeBlanc, Bertrand Interviewee
  • Stagg, Ed Interviewee


This segment from the February 22, 1980, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a story on the case of Willie Francis, a black teenager from St. Martinville, who was convicted of murdering a white pharmacist in the 1940s. He was sent to the electric chair twice because the first execution attempt failed. Host: Beth George