Tookie Watch – Live Blogging The Stanley Williams Execution

Live from San Quentin, it’s the Tookie Williams show.

12:35 AM – Tookie declared dead.

12:39 AM – I’m watching live coverage from the prison, where media is set up in front of a podium and an 8 foot table where I’m guessing the witnesses will sit. Man, watching the camera guys and other various news folk makes me count my blessings that I never followed through with my dream to be a news god. Talk about boring! I feel for these people.

12:45 AM – Witnesses are led in. Speaking now. They’re describing what they saw.

12:47 AM – Witness says the execution didn’t actually begin until 12:22 AM.

12:48 AM – A couple of witnesses gave Tookie a ‘Black Power’ salute. As they left, they yelled out. News media says that’s the first time he ever heard an outbreak like that in the death chamber.

12:50 AM – Witness says the execution seemed like it took longer than it should. At one point, someone thought they heard Williams say, “Are you doing that right?”

12:51 AM – 36 minutes and 15 seconds from the time Williams walked into the death chamber alive to when he was declared dead.

12:53 AM – Williams’ family sat motionless until the very end, when the outburst occurred. Two women and one man were staring at Williams. At one moment they were praying, the next moment they were saluting Williams. He was trying to keep his head up as long as he could. The family was whispering words like “I love you” and “God Bless You”.

12:55 AM – Williams kept his glasses on during the execution process.

12:56 AM – First set of witnesses led out. Next set of 6 witnesses are led in and are now introducing themselves. Talking now. It took up to 18 minutes to get the IV into Williams. He was talking with the attendants during this time.

12:57 AM – Rita Cosby from MSNBC talking now. She says Williams died defiantly. He wouldn’t look at any members of the media for the first 8 minutes. Finally, he did turn his head and look around the room. 3 minutes after the lethal injection, his breathing slowed down dramatically.

12:58 AM – The family shouted, “The State of California just killed an innocent man!”

01:00 AM – More witnesses sharing their experience. Williams’ lawyers smiled periodically at him. He was speaking to the guards. He was somber. Williams’ family tried to talk with him, whispering words to him. As the process began Williams’ breathing was erratic, but later slowed down. Reporter from KNX radio looks shaken as he reads from his notes.

01:02 AM – At 12:13 AM, Williams was clearly exasperated at the length of time passing while prison officials attempt to insert the IV.

01:04 AM – Witness now saying that Williams appeared much older than recent published pictures suggest. He was shocked by the size of Williams and he thought that Williams was sticking his chest out, almost starring down the witnesses in the room.

01:06 AM – New witness claims Williams was extremely active. He says he felt physically ill while he watched the process. He says he had to continually remind himself of what Williams did, and it wasn’t easy to watch. After Williams was strapped in, one of the witnesses yelled out, “Tookie!”. Witness says Williams was a very big guy. He had obviously been working out quite a bit while in prison.

01:08 AM – Question from the assembled media – “Did Williams exhibit any remorse or any fear during the process?” All witnesses say “No.” Williams seemed frustrated more than anything else. Williams tried to intimidate, he tried to control the room. He was not resistant at all. His demeanor was like one who was trying to be proud. He was trying to keep his reputation intact.

01:11 AM – Witnesses leave. Another set of five witnesses now at the microphones, introducing themselves. More sharing. Experiences are very similar from other witnesses. Most of the words Williams was mouthing were inaudible.

01:14 AM – Witness says the most striking thing she saw was the struggle to find a vein to stick the IV. He was quite active. One of the attendants patted his hand on Williams’ chest.

01:18 AM – Yet another witness shares how extraordinary it was that the execution took so long. 10 minutes passed while everyone in attendance waited for an announcement that Williams had died. Question from the gallery – “What was the feeling in the room while everyone waited for the announcement that Williams was dead?” Witness says it was very silent, except for some mechanical noises. Finally, the reading of the death warrant and the time of death was sudden, loud and booming.

01:20 AM – More of the same stories being relayed.

01:22 AM – Final witnesses led out. Now arriving, the prison warden.

01:23 AM – Warden at the podium now, reading prepared statement. Williams spent his last moments meeting with his legal team, along with his visitors. Williams was transfered from visiting to the death ward at 6 PM PST. He refused food, but requested milk and water. He declined to seek a spiritual advisor.

01:25 AM – Warden outlining the “ritual” of what happens during the final hours before execution. Williams didn’t have an official last statement, but did pass along something to family members. Question from the gallery – “Was there anything abnormal about this execution, given the witnesses comments about a struggle to get the IV into Williams?” Warden says nothing was out of the ordinary, other than Williams suggesting to officials where they should place the needle.

01:27 AM – Warden leaves the stage, in the middle of a question from a member of the media.

01:28 AM – No other officials speaking, media now talking amongst themselves. Warden comes back to podium. Taking a few more questions. Funeral director will pick up the body. Warden is not aware of any funeral or service for Williams. For this Warden, Williams’ is the first California execution he’s witnessed.

01:30 AM – Warden says that Rev. Jesse Jackson spent a considerable amount of time with Williams. Warden leaves the stage. A new spokesman is talking now, explaining what security procedures were in effect before, during and after the execution.

The same questions are being asked over again by the media, so the event is essentially over. Justice has been served and I hope there can now be some sense of closure for the surviving family members. – Bill 1:34 AM PST 12/13/2005.

Comments

  1. The Moderate Voice says:

    Stanley Tookie Williams Finally Executed But Debate Rages

    The end finally came for Stanley Tookie Williams who was executed here in California early this morning but there is no end in sight for the debate over the issue of capital punishment.

  2. Taking out the trash. Good riddance.

  3. One less scumbag on this planet. We need more room. San Quentin, Who’s Next?!

  4. I FEEL WHAT HAPPEN WAS VERY WRONG AND THE EXCUSE ARNOLD HAD THE NERVE TO SAY IS THAT HE HAD NO REMORSE. I WONDER FOR EVERYTHING THAT WHITES IN THE PAST YEARS HAVE DONE TO BLACKS WHO WILL EVERY STAND UP AND APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. I FEEL THAT IN THE END FROM ARNOLD TO THE ACTUALLY PERSON WHOM INSERT THAT IV WILL GET THERE’S. GOD WILL REPAY AND WHEN THAT MAN REPAY NO ONE CAN HELP YOU.

  5. Why do you feel Jordan that the man was garbage.The only thing you all can talk about is that he was the founder of the crips talk about the founder of the KKK an all the flaws those fools have done. I feel for that stupid comment you made you seriously need to get an life and live it.

  6. Justin Head says:

    He was a good man and should have lived

  7. Janina Webster says:

    Jordan who the hell are you to say that. You are not god, and god would take care of you. the only thing you are a racises.

  8. sweetloveforever says:

    I feel that what they have done is against God’s will. I hope that everyone involve can sleep at night. I hope that Mr.Tookie’s family can find peace in the fact that he is now with the Lord. No matter what mistakes he made in this life. God is a forgiving God.

  9. On a personally level I will never support anything else Arnold wil do in his career i feel that he is scum and he’s playing god. God don’t need know help from any of us to do his job. I pray for everyone involve they need to suffer.

  10. I wish that Tookie was able to live and continue to help the youth of today to see what gang life will get you and the way prison really is. I find it so funny that the man known as the TERMINATOR had the final say so in the taking of another’s life. Arnold’s movies have mostly all included killing and he has become a multi-millionare in this country deplicting different characters that kill. Based on that WHO IS HE TO SAY IT’S WRONG TO KILL?…He’s a killer in the minds of many kids and he’s a hero!

  11. this whole situation is very dumb to me. nobody never knew what really fuckin’ happend so who is anyone to say he killed those 4 people. there wasnt no real evidence they just assumed. maybe he did kill those people i dont know, no one really knows except the people who was there but they are all dead. so if he really commited those crimes then he should of died along time ago!!! and Arnold didnt grant him clemecy because nobody passed his stupid ass propositions, and he thinks it was the black peoples fault and i think his ass dont like black people and he made it only obvious when he let Tookie die. well God knows what happend and he will be the real judge of everyone on judgement day!!!

  12. shelly you are a real bitch 2 say something like that and who’s going to be next is yo’ ass i hope!!!!

  13. The truth of the matter is wether the man was guilty or innocent letting him live still would of ensured that he spend the rest of his life in jail nothing worse could of happened from keeping him around. A group of gang bangers are not going to listen to white politicians who have never ben in the position that they are in this one man did have the power to make a change even if he did kill 4 people does it occur to anyone how many he has saved we will pay greatly for not keeping him here!!!!!!!!

  14. jeanell figueroa says:

    I Agree with every one in hear that says TOOKIE is inoccent. Not to many poltics care about what goes on in the streets because they dont live it so ur rite whos going to listen to those races people? Aronld made his carrerr off of being a murder in movies he wasnt helping them.YES it was all in movies but he’s showing young kids hey guns protect you. TooKIE MAY HAVE ARE MAY HAVE NOT COMMITED THE CRIME BUT AT LEAST HE CHANGED HIS WAYS AND SAID HEY I CANT HAVE THIS GENERATION GOING THREW WHAT I WENT THREW. Aronald is an asshole my god forgive me but i feel the reason why they couldnt find a vain to put the iv in is because it wasnt his time to go . but then when he died god figured hey i dont want the innocent man to suffer from all this hatret. ,MAY GOD GIVE TOKKIES FAMILY AND FRIEND THE STRGENT TO LIVE LIFE WITHOUT THERE ANGEL.

  15. I AM VERY SADDENED BY THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE 12/13/05.I DON’T KNOW EITHER WAY WHETHER HE DID KILL THEM OR NOT.ALL WE KNOW IS SOMEONE DID.I BELIEVE IN THE DEATH PENALTY FOR SOME CASES AND IF IT TURNS OUT TO BE THAT HE DID KILL THESE 4 INNOCENT VICTIMS THEN YES HE DESERVED TO DIE BY LETHAL INJECTION.AT LEAST HE DID NOT DIE A HORRIFIC DEATH LIKE THE THE VICTIMS DID.FOR ALL OF YOU WHO THINK THAT WAS WRONG WHAT IF YOUR FAMILY MEMBER WAS KILLED BRUTALLY LIKE THAT.I THINK YOU WOULD FEEL DIFFERENT.AND PLEASE YOU DON’T NEED TO USE VULGAR LANGUAGE TO GET YOUR OPINION READ.

  16. THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THE DEATH PENALTY
    FORGET A FEW THINGS.FIRST,THOSE CONVICTS IN PRISON SERVING LIFE SENTENCES,IT’S OUR TAX DOLLARS THAT ARE SUPPORTING THEM.NOW YOU LOOK AT
    THOSE PEOPLE OUT ON THE STREET HOMELESS WITH NO
    PLACE TO GO.THEY SHOULD BE PUTING THOSE CONVICTS
    TO WORK,FORCING THEM TO EARN THEIR KEEP.SECOND,
    HALF THE CRIMES THAT ARE COMMITTED IN THIS COUNTRY ARE DONE BY CRIMINALS THAT WERE ALREADY IN PRISON BUT GOT A EARLY RELEASE AND GO OUT AND
    DO IT AGAIN.FINALLY,ALL THOSE PEOPLE THAT WERE
    PROTESTING THE WILLIAMS EXECUTION,I WONDER IF THEY WOULD STILL HAVE PROTESTED IF THIS GUY HAD
    KILLED A RELATIVE OR A CLOSE FRIEND OF THEIRS.

  17. HE SHOULDNT HAVE DIED. F**K ALL OF YALL WHO ARE OPPOSING CLEMENCY. SPECIALLY JORDAN AND KYAA. KYA JUST A RACIST HOE. SO IS JORDAN.

  18. THIS MESSAGE IS FOR THE TWO PEOPLE WHOM THINK THAT THE DEALTH PENALTY IS JUSTICE. FOR STARTERS IF IT WAS ONE OF OUR FAMILY MEMBERS NONE OF US IS GOD HE STATES THAT HE WILL BE THE JUDGE. SO YOU CANT BELIEVE IN GOD AND YOU MUST HAVE EVIL AND CRUEL MINDS. KEEP BELIEVING IN THE DEATH PENALTY AND THINK IF IT WAS ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ACCUSED OF MURDER AND YOU NEED SUPPORT TO STOP THERE EXECUTION I HOPE THAT YOU STILL BELIEVE IN THE EXECUTION PROCESS THEN.

  19. Stanly “Tookie” Williams, was a strong Black man on death row. He did not get depress, bitter or discourge. He wrote children books not to follow in his foot step while he was on death row. What character he had. He remind me of Paul in the Bible. Remember how violent Paul was. Paul became a man of God, preaching peace, love and how to live a godly life. I have the upmost respect of Mr. Williams. I wish I had meet him or written him a letter to say thank you. Mr. William is present with God. I wish he was still living.

  20. james harley says:

    i think wot they did wasjust racism bcause loads of people have killed ad done exsactly what williams did but thy aren5t dieing because of it r they

  21. I think it was cold that they killed him especially when you got charles manson still living the death penalty is racist point blank. Tookie was helping the youth what is charles manson doing still talking the same shit yet you let him live and I don’t hear none of these tookie bashers talking about how bad manson is or the night stalker who is still living. I see how this country is they don’t want to see a black man make a change sure tookie made mistakes but he changed and he wanted to help the youth but what I see is this country want to keep us blacks fighting each other they fear us if we come together because they know we are strong people I hate how this country is so racist against people of color and it’s all of those old racist values the old white people. I’m cool with the young whites it’s the old whites who have this country fucked up and all you have to do is look at the gov. it’s mostly old white people in control and they really have that old jim crow mentality they just hide it.

  22. It is unfortunate that Mr. Williams’ fate rested with a foreign actor (terrible), turned politician (ceramic people). It seems that the actor did the political thing. I sympathize with anyone who has lost a love one but killing this cat, who might not have killed those victims, will not put anymore closure to their deaths now than before. It is still the same. They are gone and yet one more is now gone who might not have done this terrible thing. It is really heartbreaking to see what the supposed United States shows the world. From the justice system to the handling of Katrina victims, the world knows that people of color are forgotten or that they just don’t matter…how terribly unfortunate

  23. I find it amazing that those that feel someone should be killed for acts of violence should die, but none of those without color have yet been condemed to die, just live their lives confined in prison until old age sets in.

    Justice will prevail!

  24. I feel that revenge belongs to the Lord. We all have done wrong. Everyone has sinned. Wether it be murder, adultery, or stealing, every sin is the same with God. I feel for the families of the the viticms, cause I too have lost family members through murders. But, do we have any proof? Are is it an eye for a eye. Where if God took that same judgement out on us? One day we all will have to give inaccount for our very on sins. The world is in so much termol. If they do wrong lock them up and throw away the key. Lets not try to play God. We have not the power to give life or to take it away. We as a nation need to come together, and focus on what the real problem is. Look at our children, government. These are some of the key issues that we should be protesting. It’s a shame, I’m am a college student, a young women, who has read the comments and some are just heart bringing. Why so much hatred? I feel the people that feel that justice was serve, need to re-elvaute their own life and ask God for clarity and forgiveness. May the Lord bless you all.

  25. The execution of Mr.williams was very unfortunate. He denied the murderers till his very last breath and was probably speaking the truth about it! If he would have done it i think he would have admitted to it since he knew he was going to die anyways.He made all those books for parents to help keep their children out of gangs and all that violence because he’s been through it all. Williams might have made some bad choices in his life but what he is now or rather, what he WAS is a changed man. Schwartznegger had no right to decide whether Williams dies or not. Williams probably wanted Schwartznegger dead too but wouldnt do anything bout it because its not for him to decide to take anybody’s life away. Williams did things to recompensate for his past and probably helped lots of parents protect their children and Schwartznegger looked straight past that. No one has the right to end someones life. We are all children of god and only HE decides what should be done!

  26. THats wrong what they did having an actor choose wether some one lives or dies i say we need a new governor some one with a sense of law not some immagrant

  27. Tookie Williams “EXECUTION” was a POLITICAL GAME. Unable to get “TOOKIE” to make any confession or disclose information about his fellow associates. With “TOOKIE” in the lead and the politicians (e.g. Goverment, Arnold)trailing. The only way to win the game was to “CHEAT”. You thought by cheating this man out of his “LIFE” that you would distroy him. However, you have allowed him to “REIGN” I THANK YOU for making him a part of “OUR” history. Did you really think that by destroying our “BLACK” men that you destroy our history, culture, or our race. Fear not our Black men for we know that they have been targeted. But, it is the “BLACK WOMAN”
    To you Arnold, you reap what you sow. From your actions, your own people do not want to be associated with your name. Do as you are asked and remove your name from their sport stadium. I wonder do you know feel like a displaced Schawze”NIGGA”

  28. that’s why we have to keep praying for others;i like this verse in the bible,in the book of proverbs that says:”the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,like the rivers of waters;He turns it wherever He wishes”;also i’d like to ad,no one wants to be victim of abuse and often times punishment is a scary thing to go through and face;one of the lessons i’ve learnt from the tookie williams execution,is to avoid violence and violent people;it also has validated what i know for sure,it’s that doing what’s right is to our benefit;even in the face of anger and aversity,if we love ourselves enough,we’ll chose peaceful actions,versus dangerous violents outbursts that can cost everyone’s lives involve even the ones present who are not doing anything;that’s what i got from the whole thing.

  29. watching someone die is terrible;volient people,murderers,don’t realize the constant trauma,fear,discomfort they put on people they encounter regurlarly;you have to comply because you fear for your life;some of them are out of control in treating others like animals.i think gangs should go to university and study political science so they can help make the laws;i know it’s not easy but killing others and staying uneducated is not better;that’s what tookie said before he passed;violence is not the answer;murdering and abusing others,and then blaming the system is not an act of self-esteem;once a life is taken,you cannot rewind life;murder shouldn’t be,not because of the system,but because its not the rigtht thing to do,even if no one is watching you;yes,people do change,but can an out of controle serial killer can honestly say if they would’t have been convicted,would they have redeemed themselves on their own,when no one is watching?or they just stop because they forced to by the system?i am not talking about the ones who are innocent and still punished;although sometimes we have to becareful not to be present at a crime scene,watchin someone get hurt and say nothing…it’s like non assistance to person in danger;if you are against the death penalty you should also be against innocents people getting killed everyday by gangs;if gangs and violent people know that the system has zero tolerance for murder,then they shouldn’t be involved in those in any kind of form or fashion,directly or undirectly.

  30. god said dont judge nobody nor commit murder i trully think that was wrong to kill this man that spend 24 years behind bars for his mistakes everyone can change there life around cause you learn from your mistakes and his death is all behind he say she say shit if tookie was trial today instead of back then he would of beat his case cause theres no such thing as he say she say shit if no evidence no conviction so i think arnold was wrong for killing this man how could you did arnold even meet or talk to tookie williams? theres a lot of whites that nevered showed any remorse of shit they done to blacks but i guess they always find a way around to get there way

  31. Why is Tookie dead and Charles Manson is still alive. WHY? WHY?

  32. why would a man spend 20 something years in jail and now they want to kill him because of them wanting revenge. It doesnt make since to kill a man after so many years

  33. I don’t think that this execution had anything to do with race! I think people just play the race card when they don’t want to think things though!!! People need to think before they take the EASY way out by saying “they did this because he was black” Race dose NOT matter. The only color that matters in America my friends is GREEN! I don’t agree with the death penalty because its hypocritical, killing someone because they have killed DOSE NOT MAKE ANY SENSE!!!!!! What have we gained by killing this man???? Also what about our governor He’s been promoting violence since he started acting!

  34. TOOKIE WILLIAM IS PUNISHED BY MEN BUT WILL BE JURGE BY GOD.THE JURY WHO LIKE HIM LIVE IN HIDDEN OBSCENE IGNORE THIER SIN…..MAN IS THE CAUSE OF HIS COURSE….

  35. Gabriel Hunter says:

    I think color played a BIG part in the decision that Arnold made about Tookie.Me myself I don`t see how a person from one country can be in charge of such a decision in another not to mention become GOV. of a state he can`t even pronounce.Maybe he ”GROPED”the right person.

  36. You people need to research a little more about ‘Tookie’s’ life. He comitted terrible crimes and was convicted of them. Take a look at some of the photo’s of the victims, then listen to the way he talked about the asian victims. I wonder who the real racist is? He was a violent man who never showed remorse for the killings. If your family was a victim of his rampant killing I would bet you wouldn’t view him as such a saint.

  37. Nikki Thompson says:

    THEY HAVE THE DUMBEST ASS MAYOR IN THE WORLD HOW DO YOU GO FROM ACTING TO DOING THAT HE DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE STREETS ANTWAY WITH HIS WHITE ASS HE ONLY KILLLED HIM CAUSE HE WAS BLCAK BETTA YALL IF HE WAS WHITE AND DID ALL THAT THE DUMB ASS MAJOR WOULD HAVE BEEN SMILIN AND PROBABLY HAD THE MAN AT HIOS HOUSE FIRE THAT DUMB ASS MAJOR AND PUT HIMM ON THE STREETS SO THE CRIPTS CAN GET TO HIM…… LOLOLO WHITE BITCH

  38. Take out the trash Jordan? Well what time will your MOTHER be dressed and ready so we can have her date pick her HO ass up?
    One less scumbag Shelly? No your still breathing unfortunatley. Oh you must have been referring to your father. Shelly we did not ask you to tell us about your father. We do however understand why you refer to your Ftaher as a scumbag since he molested you because he did not want to sleep with your mother.
    The bottom line is that there was no evidence proving that Stanley Tookie Williams murdered those four people. What kind of country do we live in where a person can be locked up for twenty six years and then executed without proving he had even committed a crime? Stanely was locked up in prison and then murdered because he was an originator of the crip gang. Bottom line. The D.A.& Police had a Vendetta to pay out & fullfill with Stanley. So this was nothing but vengeance.
    What all you ignorant people seize to realize is Stanley may have been killed but he still lives through people like me & his legacy. Also Stanley did what the D.A. – Police – Prison Officials and the Govenor will never do and that is educate people and also Stanley Tookie Williams made his name known all over the world. Stanley Williams is now infamous so all you punk ass people can keep talking shit if you want to but the bottom line is like I just said Stanley is infamous and he has the thought of him on your mind. Also note that Stanley never snitched. He never bowed down to the D.A. – Police or Prison Officials because he had heart and he was a strong man. Lastly even when facing death walking to the execution chair Stanley still had heart and walked with great pride. So now all you Bitches who wanted Stanley to die play the song by Snoop Dogg and think What his Name? I’ll tell you Stanley Tookie Williams That’s right

  39. dawn walker says:

    i am a mother of two boys, and i feel that Stanley tookie williams should not have been put to death .
    i live in australia and kids from were ever need guidence and the best people to do this are the one’s that have done wrong in the past and are now doing there best to change themselfs and help others do also
    so takeing this man’s life has only made people bitter because the man has done so much to help others people always need some one or something to belive in especial if that person has been honest and admitted to there wrongs and have totally changed, change the laws and give humans another chance look into what they have done and what more good they can do
    my heart goes out to all the family and friends of stanley tookie williams, please do not let anything change and let his beliefs his books continue for the faith and the peace for any new generation.
    and why do people have to die to prove a point
    what a joke
    dawn

  40. Interesting how you all have such “compassion” for a sociopathic murderer, but haven’t expressed any at all for his victims or their families.

  41. dug-a-tug says:

    they killed a real soldier that wanted to make good out of the black community. God does see and know!!!! amen

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