R.I.P. : Stanley "Tookie Williams
Update: 12:37 am Stanley "Tookie" Williams is dead. He went to his death at 51 years of age. Rest in peace, Stanley "Tookie" Williams. A press conference will begin shortly, with reports from the warden and the media visitors. Here it is (live blogged):
Steve Lopez, LA Times: He came in without resistence, shortly after 12, he was helped onto a converted dentist's chair. He gave no resistance at any point. He lifted his head several times to look at people. He was declared dead at 12:35.
Reporter Two: There was a problem with the second IV, he grimaced at the difficulty. At 12:22, a female guard announced it would begin. So it was a 13 or 14 minute actual execution. He breathed heavily, his stomach area rose several times, then his breathing slowed, and there was no movement.
Reporter Three: Has witnessed six executions, this one was different. Williams had supporters at the back of the room. When he was still conscious, they gave black power salutes to him. On their way out, they yelled "The state of California just killed an innocent man."
Reporter Four: Supporters blew kisses to him, whispered "I love you," "God bless you." He spoke a lot but they don't know what he was saying.
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