Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 of the executions at night series
Stanley “Toukie” Williams founder of the notorious gang founder of the L.A. Crips
Williams never admitted to any crimes but later in 1993, when he changed his life around he admitted that street gangs were wrong, lending their formation as a recipe for trouble surmounting to the destruction of young lives. His concern at that point transferred from violence to anti-violence and he began to write books for children denouncing street gangs and warning them to stay away from that kind of street life.
Throughout the years he had many advocates fighting for his life. Then on Dec 3, 2005, after clemency and a four-week stay of execution, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger finally rejected his postponements. Williams was given a lethal injection at one minute past midnight, but it took a half hour to find a vein and finish the job. He was executed for the murder of Albert Owens which he carried out in 1979.
So we come back to the question why was Williams executed after midnight or why does any state execute anybody after midnight?
Andy Bowers states the major reason for executions carried out at night is that a death warrant is only good for one day – a 24 hour period according to California law. That means if the execution is not carried out in the designated time another warrant is required.
This information conflicts with Wikipedia which states the time to execute a death warrant will depend upon the state, but on an average it is 60 days, giving the state ample time for stay of execution. Wikipedia states for the state of California no less than 60 days must elapse but not more than 90 days to carry out the order.
Since Mr. Bowers has conferred with the Death Penalty Information Center, the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation and the California Correctional Services,we will take his word over that of Wikipedia.
Montreal’s Bordeaux Prison was the prison where hangings used to take place. Canada no longer has the death penalty except for murders of the police or other law enforcement officers. Bordeaux Prison was constructed between 1902 and 1912. It was fashioned after the Pennsylvania Prison system of the time.