Suspect charged in man's 2016 death, 23 years after pregnant mom killed

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Friday, December 22, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Florida man convicted in the 1993 stabbing death of a pregnant woman will stand trial for the death of the victim's son 23 years later.

The Sun Sentinel reports the Broward County prosecutor's office announced Thursday that Ronnie Keith Williams will be charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Julius Dyke.

Julius Dyke was born via cesarean section two days after his 18-year-old mother, Lisa Dyke, was stabbed. He had suffered extensive brain damage and his 2016 death was ruled a homicide linked to the attack.

Williams was convicted of first-degree murder in 2004 in Lisa Dyke's death and sentenced to death. The 2016 Florida Supreme Court decision requiring the jury's unanimous support for the death penalty will send that case back to trial for a new sentencing phase as well.