Skip to comments.L.A. Crips gang founder executed in Calif.
Posted on 12/13/2005 7:12:49 AM PST by kellynla
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) -- Convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips gang co-founder whose case stirred a national debate about capital punishment versus the possibility of redemption, was executed early Tuesday.
Williams, 51, died at 12:35 a.m. Officials at San Quentin State Prison seemed to have trouble injecting the lethal mixture into his muscular arm. As they struggled to find a vein, Williams looked up repeatedly and appeared frustrated, shaking his head at supporters and other witnesses.
"You doing that right?" it sounded as if he asked one of the men with a needle.
After he was declared dead, his supporters shouted in unison: "The state of California just killed an innocent man," as they walked out of the chamber
The case became the state's highest-profile execution in decades. Hollywood stars and capital punishment foes argued that Williams' sentence should be commuted to life in prison because he had made amends by writing children's books about the dangers of gangs and violence.
In the days leading up to the execution, state and federal courts refused to reopen his case. Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied Williams' request for clemency, suggesting that his supposed change of heart was not genuine because he had not shown any real remorse for the killings committed by the Crips.
"Is Williams' redemption complete and sincere, or is it just a hollow promise?" Schwarzenegger wrote. "Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings, there can be no redemption."
Williams was condemned in 1981 for gunning down convenience store clerk Albert Owens, 26, at a 7-Eleven in Whittier and killing Yen-I Yang, 76, Tsai-Shai Chen Yang, 63, and the couple's daughter Yu-Chin Yang Lin, 43, at the Los Angeles motel they owned. Williams claimed he was innocent.
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>>After he was declared dead, his supporters shouted in unison: "The state of California just killed an innocent man," as they walked out of the chamber.<<
Wrong. An innocent man was shot in the back twice by Tookie in 1979.
The tookster didn't conduct his executions swiftly and perfectly as we are told his victims gurgled after they were shot so I don't see where he should be criticizing the state just because they missed a vein on the first try.
And if anyone had any doubts about this murder's guilt and/or record;
here it is for all to read.
"After Williams blasted a football-sized hole in Albert Owens' back as he lay face-down on the floor of the 7-Eleven where he worked, the gang leader laughed about the "gurgling" noises the 26-year-old divorced father of two made as he died, according to trial testimony.
"And after Williams gunned down Yen-I Yang, 76, his wife, Tsai-Shai, 63, and their daughter, Yee-Chen Lin, 43, when he robbed their family-run motel, he bragged of killing "Buddha-heads," according to his pals' testimony."
"The state of California just killed an innocent man,"
If this is their definition of INNOCENT, I would hate to see their definition of GUILTY.
This single man is responsible for 4 murders and thousands more black-on-black murders and crimes.
This single man is responsible for more Blacks being incarcerated for gang related crimes than any other.
I personally liked this news brief...
"News: Killer "Tookie Williams" Out of Options
A former leader of the Crips gang and convicted murderer "Tookie
Williams" lost all avenues for clemency on Monday.
Though he claimed he was reformed (as did various celebs like Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx) Governator Schwarzenegger said he lacked sincerity and wouldn't even admit to his crimes.
Some liberals were worried about the gap in the Children's Book market that will be left behind following Williams' execution."
No more Children's books : (
Excellent data. Notice that Tookie shot out the monitor, NOT THE CAMERA! Is tha tape available?
If either of his two criminal sons do something to face the death penalty, they can throw themselves on the mercy of the court because they're orphans.
yep your right - they should have cut his head off and suffed the needle down the gaping hole a top his rotten body.
May he rot in Hell for all eternity.
They should have given Tookie the needle, I am sure he had planty of practice finding those veins.
Has anyone in the media anywhere called Tookie a racist? If he had been caucasian would they have called him anything but a racist?
He was married? LOL
Continuous Revolution In Progress, yo!
The only good Crip is a dead Crip.
Where's the rioting....tookie's groupies told everyone there were going to be major rioting over his death. NO RIOTING HAPPENING...
(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")
Leftists love mass murderers. They can't help it, it's genetic.
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