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Lethal journey draws to a close (activities at San Quentin on Tookie's last day)
contra costa times ^ | 12-5-05 | Simerman

Posted on 12/12/2005 6:55:25 AM PST by doug from upland

Lethal journey draws to a close

By John Simerman

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Stanley "Tookie" Williams will spend most of his remaining daytime hours with visitors inside a Plexiglas cubicle, wearing waist restraints and handcuffs and under constant watch.

About 6 p.m., a special security team will escort him from North Segregation, the original death row, to an annex building, and one of two "death watch cells" adjacent to the green execution chamber.

There, he can watch TV or listen to the radio, possibly tuning in as supporters gather for a mass vigil expected outside the prison's East Gate. The Crips gang co-founder, convicted of the robbery-murders of four people in 1979, faces lethal injection at 12:01 a.m., barring an 11th-hour reprieve.

"If he has requested a last meal, that's where he would have it," said Sgt. Eric Messick, a San Quentin spokesman. "He'll be there for the rest of the night."

Williams, whose tale of atonement and crusade for gang peace from death row has spawned a broad campaign to spare him, reportedly will make no such meal request.

San Quentin officials tightly control what happens in the days, minutes and moments before an execution, including a prisonwide lockdown today. The rules are spelled out in grim detail, in the innocuously titled "San Quentin Operational Procedure No. 770."

The plan, which has been refined over the course of 11 executions since 1992, covers all aspects of the execution process, from the inmate's access to checkers and chess and the availability of coffee, to the number and type of witnesses and the detailed procedure for administering a fatal overload of three drugs shortly after midnight.

Even before today, Williams' cell was cleared of most possessions, and he has been shackled and bolted to a chair during visits.

This afternoon, a member of the injection team will visit the pharmacy for the drugs that will kill Williams, place them in the "Lethal Injection Drug Box," then lock it.

Williams, 51, will strip for a body search before he is placed in mechanical restraints and taken in his underwear to the holding cell. There, he will be searched again and scanned with a metal detector before dressing in a new set of clothes and canvas slippers.

He will remain under constant observation by a three-member team "just to get a read on the man and see how he's doing," said Messick.

Williams can send out last letters and transfer any funds in his prison account to a beneficiary.

If he chooses, a spiritual adviser can visit, bringing a personal prayer book or Bible, a communion pyx, sacramental wafers or other approved religious items.

When Warden Steven Ornoski signals, Williams will walk on his own through the oval door of the execution chamber, where the state's first gas execution was carried out in 1938.

Barring a last-minute stay, Williams will be the 12th condemned inmate executed since California reinstated the death penalty in 1978. He also will have served more time on death row -- 24 years, seven months and 23 days -- than any of the previous inmates put to death.

Inside the octagonal vacuum chamber, Williams will be strapped onto a table and connected to a cardiac monitor. Anonymous members of an execution team will tap two of his veins for IVs. The second IV is a backup, in case of blockage or malfunction.

The team will leave the chamber, seal the door and turn on the exhaust fan. The three drugs are administered through an anteroom. That room also holds three telephones: one for the governor, one for the state Supreme Court and the Attorney General's Office, and one for the warden's office.

Williams can request Valium or a similar relaxant.

The lethal injection drugs are administered one by one, each of them in doses meant to be lethal.

The first injection is 5 grams of sodium pentathol, a common anesthetic. Delivered in a dosage about 50 times greater than during surgery, it is designed to knock the inmate unconscious.

The second, 50 cubic centimeters of pancuronium bromide, paralyzes the skeletal muscles. The third, 50 cubic centimeters of potassium chloride, halts the heart.

Legal challenges have claimed that malfunctions can cause tortuously painful death even as the inmate appears sedate. The challenges have keyed on pancuronium bromide, which could mask agony if the sodium pentathol fails to render the inmate unconscious.

Courts have denied such claims, including one filed by convicted murderer Kevin Cooper, whose execution last year was stayed for different reasons.

Asked if Williams may require more of the chemicals because of his muscular stature, Messick, the prison spokesman, said no.

"The potency of each of those chemicals is plenty enough for any sized person," he said.

A physician will then pronounce Williams dead and the witnesses will leave. The manual states that his body will then be removed from the table "with care and dignity" and placed in a body bag.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: crips; deathpenalty; frymumia; frytookie; lethalinjection; murderer; stanleywilliams; tookie

1 posted on 12/12/2005 6:55:26 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

"A physician will then pronounce Williams dead and the witnesses will leave. The manual states that his body will then be removed from the table "with care and dignity" and placed in a body bag."

You mean we won't have somebody to stand over his gurgling body, eating a sammich and laughing?




2 posted on 12/12/2005 6:56:40 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: doug from upland

I really hope that Arnold doesn't cave on this one.


3 posted on 12/12/2005 6:57:30 AM PST by Buffettfan
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To: SJSAMPLE

[[You mean we won't have somebody to stand over his gurgling body, eating a sammich and laughing? ]]

Doug,

That was cold but I loved it. :)

Jarhead


4 posted on 12/12/2005 6:58:54 AM PST by Buffettfan
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To: doug from upland

I want to know what his last meal will be.


5 posted on 12/12/2005 6:59:06 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Buffettfan

I didn't write that one.


6 posted on 12/12/2005 7:00:05 AM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: Semper Paratus

I'm pretty sure he turned down a last meal.


7 posted on 12/12/2005 7:00:24 AM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: All
OFFICIAL TOOKIE COUNTDOWN THREAD
8 posted on 12/12/2005 7:01:07 AM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: SJSAMPLE

What did he do again? Just to refresh people's memories.


9 posted on 12/12/2005 7:01:58 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: Semper Paratus

Opppps, sorry Doug, my mistake. I see that Sample wrote it. I'm still smiling :)


10 posted on 12/12/2005 7:02:32 AM PST by Buffettfan
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To: doug from upland
Good detail, thank you.

Hope I can find a station to hear the lib's wail at 12:01:15.

11 posted on 12/12/2005 7:03:15 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: SJSAMPLE

I he dies, California burns....bet on it. I am glad I am not there


12 posted on 12/12/2005 7:03:29 AM PST by StoneColdTaxHater
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To: doug from upland

I always wondered why they would have one. I'm pretty sure if I'm facing death a baked stuffed lobster and a hot fudge brownie sunday would not be on my mind.


13 posted on 12/12/2005 7:03:37 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: doug from upland
The rules are spelled out in grim detail, in the innocuously titled "San Quentin Operational Procedure No. 770."

Gee. When was the last time the public was told "the grim details" of Tookies shotgun spree against four innocent people just trying to make an honest living?

14 posted on 12/12/2005 7:03:57 AM PST by Steely Tom
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To: ncountylee

You can listen online starting at 3pm Pacific. The link in No. 8 above will help you.


15 posted on 12/12/2005 7:04:39 AM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: doug from upland
I wish I could take credit for this one but in all honesty I can't since I heard it on Imus today

GIVE THE DRIP TO THE CRIP!

16 posted on 12/12/2005 7:07:12 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Is your problem ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: doug from upland
Legal challenges have claimed that malfunctions can cause tortuously painful death even as the inmate appears sedate. The challenges have keyed on pancuronium bromide, which could mask agony if the sodium pentathol fails to render the inmate unconscious.


I don't see a problem here if this were to occur.
17 posted on 12/12/2005 7:10:59 AM PST by kx9088
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To: StoneColdTaxHater

So that makes it a win win situation.


18 posted on 12/12/2005 7:11:55 AM PST by weezel
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To: StoneColdTaxHater

"If he dies, California burns....bet on it. I am glad I am not there"

South Central LA may burn, but anywhere else....not likely.

I live in California and am not the least bit worried.



19 posted on 12/12/2005 7:15:32 AM PST by fizziwig
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To: doug from upland
Legal challenges have claimed that malfunctions can cause tortuously painful death even as the inmate appears sedate. The challenges have keyed on pancuronium bromide, which could mask agony if the sodium pentathol fails to render the inmate unconscious.

Yeah, maybe. Except at 50 times the normal dosage for surgery, the sodium pentathol not only renders him unconscious, it also renders him 100% dead. Then they hit him with two more things that do the same thing. Except that you can only kill this bastard once, and the sodium pentathol will do that all by itself.

That's too bad, in a way. I'd say it would be more appropriate to substitute saline solution instead of the sodium penthol. Then Drano.

20 posted on 12/12/2005 7:15:37 AM PST by Kenton (To my friends who celebrate Jesus' birth, Merry Christmas. To the rest of you, have a nice day off.)
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To: yldstrk

After he killed the Seven-Eleven clerk, he stood over the body eating a sandwich and laughed at the dying clerk's last choking breaths.

I can't remember, offhand, if he killed this guy before or after HE KILLED A WHOLE FAMILY IN THEIR STORE.


21 posted on 12/12/2005 7:19:45 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Kenton

>>>"That's too bad, in a way. I'd say it would be more appropriate to substitute saline solution instead of the sodium penthol. Then Drano"<<<

I like the way you think. The only problem is that I wish we could have done this about 24 years ago.

TT


22 posted on 12/12/2005 7:20:43 AM PST by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: doug from upland

I read the reports on another thread. He killed an unarmed Stop and Go clerk at the store on his second night at his job for 100 dolars by shooting him twice at close range in the back while he lay on the floor. A couple of weeks later, he broke down a door of a family owned hotel, and killed the Chinese propieter, who was 77 years old, his wife and son, and stole about a hundred dollars there, too. In so doing, shot them at close range, shot one of them in the eye, put wadding and shotgun container in the body of one of them, referred to them later as Buddaheads. Planned to escape from prison and kill more people during the escape, laughed about the sounds the Shop and Go clerk made when dying, threatened the jury after conviction by mouthing "I'll get each and every on of you son of a beaches". Has never expressed remorse or apologized to any of the victim's families. 'Nuff said. The guy is a hard hardhearted, coldblooded killer who needs to fry so we don't have to worry about him killing anyone else or escaping.


23 posted on 12/12/2005 7:31:24 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: yldstrk

Good things come to those who wait. Sometimes even justice!!!


24 posted on 12/12/2005 7:34:44 AM PST by Sterco
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To: StoneColdTaxHater
I he dies, California burns....bet on it.

We've got plenty more needles.

25 posted on 12/12/2005 7:35:20 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When government does too much, nobody else does much of anything." -- Mark Steyn)
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To: SJSAMPLE

I don't know about the eating the sandwich part.


26 posted on 12/12/2005 7:35:51 AM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: kx9088

Even if the sodium pentathol fails there would be no pain, this is just another BS argument that the liberals have thought up to try to stop the death penalty. They could administer the Potassium immediately and there would still be no pain, his heart would simply stop beating and he would pass out and die. These people lie constantly and then wonder why no one(except celebrities) take them seriously!


27 posted on 12/12/2005 7:36:48 AM PST by calex59 (Seeing the light shouldn't make you blind...)
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To: doug from upland

Thanks for updates. I sure hold Arnold does not cave in to pressure. This guy has had plenty of time to appeal. The inocent he killed didn't have the choice. I saw the thread with the victims pictures. I am sure he's killed alot more than these people, but never got caught.


28 posted on 12/12/2005 7:45:11 AM PST by newfrpr04
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To: All
Entrance to Condemned Row - North Segregation

Execution Witness Area From Outside Entrance

Execution Chamber - Lethal Injection Table From Chamber Door

Anteroom of Execution Chamber

Two Execution Holding Cells

29 posted on 12/12/2005 7:45:25 AM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: calex59

Lethal injections are a lot less painful than close-range shotgun blasts.


30 posted on 12/12/2005 7:53:00 AM PST by 04-Bravo
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To: calex59

I'd bet they'd feel better if they were to just let him starve and dehydrate, because apparently that is painless. /sarc


31 posted on 12/12/2005 7:54:03 AM PST by kx9088
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To: yldstrk
It was a daughter at the motel. I don't know anything about wadding and shotgun container.

Here is today's official discussion thread. He has the links that tell the whole story. Have fun listening online today to KFI broadcasting from just outside the prison gate.

32 posted on 12/12/2005 8:45:12 AM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: Kenton
I'd say it would be more appropriate to substitute saline solution instead of the sodium penthol. Then Drano.

ROFLMAO

33 posted on 12/12/2005 9:05:01 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: doug from upland

OK, un-PC time. If Stanley Williams was white, would we even be discussing his execution? If he were a neo-nazi murderer who did all the same things as black Tookie would Jesse jackson be protesting? I think not. On another note, Nancy Grace on Headline News has a countdown timer for the execution of the screen. That is SICK. Lastly, we know more about Tookie, Piece of Scheiss< Williams than we need to. Does anyone know about his victims?


34 posted on 12/12/2005 5:52:30 PM PST by StoneColdTaxHater
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To: Semper Paratus
I want to know what his last meal will be.

At first he said he didn't want one, but now I hear he's asking them to get some calamari and clam chowder from fisherman's wharf.....You know, probably the best argument, and I admit it's a weak one, against the offing is that 12:01 a.m.is way beyond his normal bedtime. What's up with that? Is the California Correctional Peace Officer's Union looking for some easy O.T. or what?

And why not make it midnight? Are they worried about getting into that whole 12 pm or 12 am (neither exist) debate? And finally, what do you want to bet some nurse gives him an alcohol swab before inserting the needles?

35 posted on 12/12/2005 5:57:37 PM PST by at bay (a)
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