Williams Now Awaiting Word From Governor Schwarzenegger
Sacramento, CA — The fate of Stanley Tookie Williams is now in the hands of the governor.
Neither side is talking after lawyers spent an hour behind closed doors with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger haggling over whether Williams should be put to death.
During today´s private clemency meeting, Williams´ attorneys were given 30 minutes to make their case why he should be spared. Prosecutors were allowed the same amount of time to argue why he should be executed.
The governor had previously said it would be a difficult decision, which he could make up to the moment of execution. An aide to the governor says he will probably not make a decision today.
During the hearing, a group of 75 death penalty opponents rallied outside the Capitol urging the governor to grant Williams clemency.
The 51-year-old Williams was convicted of murdering four people in 1978. He is scheduled to be put to death next week.