December 12, 2005
The prison at San Quentin California is on lock down today as Stanley Williams, the infamous gangleader, will be put to death. Williams' was arrested, tried, and convicted of four murders in California in 1979, and tonight as he nears his execution, supporters remain hopeful but realize that there are few options left.
Stanley Tookie Williams has exhausted all of his legal options in the search for clemency. Less than two hours ago, the U.S. Supreme Court, Williams last option, turned down his appeal. Supporters for Williams, including the Reverend Jesse Jackson have gathered outside of San Quentin prison to show support.
"I'm obviously very disappointed that the governor has missed a moment to choose life over death," said Jackson.
Earlier in the day, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the 9th Circuit of Appeals turned down Williams' request. Governor Schwarzenegger said he saw no justification for granting clemency. Supporters say they will stand by Williams' side until the very end.
"We are not giving up hope. We are going to be out here all night," said Chrystal Dydee.
"I guess it still proves that we have a long way to go because I somewhat expected that to happen," said Maurice Dixon.
The former gang member claims he has cleaned up his life, writing novels and trying to influence children to stay away from gangs. Prison officials now have the painstaking process of preparing the former gas chamber for Williams execution. He will be lead into the chamber at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time. From there, the execution process should take about thirty minutes.
"And at that point, the process will begin and the lethal cocktail will be introduced," said Steven Perez from the State Department of Corrections.
Williams' refused his request for a last meal, and at this time he is under tight watch. The execution will be watched by about 50 people, none of them will include family or friends. This will be the 12th execution in California since 1976.