In Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday (27 February) Wayne Williams was found guilty of two killings in a mass murder trial.
FILE: SV & CU Williams in grounds of his home, with bodyguard.
GV & SV Police recovering bodies of dead victims. (3 SHOTS)
GV Bridge over river and body being recovered from water.
CU Williams gives victory sign from seat of car on way to courtroom.
CU Photos of two victims, Jimmy Ray Payne and Nathaniel Cater. (2 SHOTS)
CV Williams being led from courtroom by detectives.
GV & AV Jurors being escorted from court by police. (3 SHOTS)
CU Williams' mother Faye Williams speaking.
CU Annie Rogers, mother of one of the victims, speaking.
CU Willie Mae Mathis, mother of another victim, speaking.
SV Man buying newspaper in shop, headline showing guilty verdict.
CU Michael Helpmann, lawyer speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: FAYE WILLIAMS: (SEQ 8) "He's made a fool of the Federal government, the State government, the City government -- and he has ruined the Williams family, whoever it is and it is not a black person."
ANNIE ROGERS: (SEQ 9) "I'm so mad, I mean really mad, because all the while the trial has been going on I haven't heard that was soon or that was proven that he killed any one of those guys."
WILLIE MATHIS: (SEQ 10) "It just, it couldn't be a coincidence that all of those things happening and then all of a sudden he's apprehended, it stops."
MICHAEL HELPMANN: (SEQ 12) " I would hope that the fear of the child killers has ended. I don't particularly think that it has. I don't think that one person is responsible for the entire killings."
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Background: In Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday (27 February) Wayne Williams was found guilty of two killings in a mass murder trial. The 23-year-old freelance photographer and music promoter was charged following a 22 month reign of terror in which at least 12 young blacks were slain. Williams has insisted throughout that he is innocent and his lawyers are expected to appeal. He was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for the murders of Jimmy Ray Payne and Nathaniel Cater. During the trial, the prosecution tried to link Williams with ten other killings and also indicated he could have been responsible for up to 17 murders. The accused man's mother Faye Williams said the killer was not a black person. The mothers of another two victims offered differing views. Mrs Annie Rogers said the evidence didn't prove Williams had been responsible for all deaths, whereas Willie Mae Mathis said the killings stopped once Williams was arrested. Atlanta lawyer Michael Helpmann said he doesn't believe one person was responsible for all the murders.