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Re: Save Stanley "Tookie" Williams

I know you are very busy, but I would like you to take the time and review
the following. The following is a response letter from the Los Angeles
County District Attorney on the Petition for Executive Clemency for Stanley
Williams.

If we are to believe that these accounts submitted in this letter from the
Los Angeles County District Attorney are accurate and proves beyond a shadow
of doubt Mr. Williams guilt, I vehemently beg to differ.

Section II (Introduction)

Coward and Sims then followed Williams and Darryl to the 7-Eleven market
located at
10437 Whittier Boulevard. (TT 2186). The store clerk, twenty-six year old
Albert Lewis
Owens, was sweeping the store parking lot. (TT 2146). When Darryl and Sims
entered the 7-Eleven,
Owens put the broom and dust pan he was using on the hood of his car and
followed
them into the store. Williams and Coward followed Owens into the store. (TT
2146-2152).

Section VII G. (Prosecution Witness Testimony)

DALE COATES
Dale Coates worked the night shift as a truck driver. On February 28, 1979,
he drove
past the 7-Eleven on Whittier Boulevard sometime around 4:30 a.m. As he did
so, he noticed
two cars in the parking lot. He remembered one of the cars was a
light-colored car and the
other car was darker and longer. He also testified he saw a thin white male
walking toward the
store entrance, while being followed by two black males wearing
three-quarter length jackets.
As the white male walked, he looked over his shoulder at the two black males
behind him. (TT
2058-2065).

Section VIII (Eye-Witness/Accomplice)
Excerpts to Homicide Investigators (March 23, 1979)

SIMS: We had passed the 7-11 store, we was down the
street from the 7-11 store. And pulled up in the
parking lot, and Tookie kept saying, "we got to do
somethin'. We got to do somethin'. Just fuck it, we
just go on back and just do this, uh, uh, 7-11 Store." So
I was telling Alfred, you know, "I -- I don't want it,"
you know, "I don't want to rob no store. I don't," you
know, "I don't want to do nothing, really." And so we
pulled back and parked on the street in front of the 7-11
store. And I kind of think Blacky was thinking about
what I was saying not doing nothing, you know. And
he was trying to tell Tookie uh, that, uh, "No, we
don't want to do nothing." And Tookie kept
hollering at him, "just do what I say. Just do what I
say." Like that. And Blacky just saying, "All right,
man, all right." Like that. And so, uh, he said, "Now,
this how we gonna do it. We all gonna go in the store,
and me and Blacky is gonna take the dude in the back
and, uh, you and "whatever the other dude name is. --
And, uh, he say, we -- "We all gonna go in the store
together." So we, uh, goes to the 7-11, and, uh, the dude
was standing outside sweeping up. And, uh, Darryl
asked him -- He wanted to buy some cigarettes, the
dude said, "All right." So he went in, and we all went in
behind him. And he went behind the counter --
SIMS: He could of been kind of tall, I don't know, I really
wasn't paying attention. But, anyway, uh, he was
behind the counter, and he was getting the cigarettes.
And Darryl -- Wait, wait. Okay. We all went in, and he
was behind the counter. And Tookie and Blacky, as
soon as they walked in the door, they walk straight to
the back room. And Darryl told him -- pulled the gun
out and told the dude to go in the back room.

All three accounts which are submitted in this letter to prove Mr. Williams
guilt differ. Which one are we to believe?

The D. A. states in his introduction how Darryl and Sims entered the 7-11
followed by Owens who was followed by Williams and Coward.

In the "extremely observant" truck driver testimony, he corroborates the
D.A.'s course of events. He notices two cars in the parking lot. He
remembers the color and lengths of both. In addition he recalls how a thin
white male "walked" into the store followed by two black males with three
quarter length jackets. As the white male walked he looked over his
shoulder at the two black males behind him. (I wish he was driving past my
home ten minutes ago when I lost my train of thought). While I admit I
don't know traffic and speed limits in California (especially in 1979) but
at 4:30 in the morning I find it hard to believe one would remember so much
detail about a male "walking" (not being forced) into a 7-11.

In the third account by eye-witness/accomplice Tony Sims we hear how the men
approached Mr. Owens outside the 7-11 and stated they wanted cigarettes.
"The dude said all right so he went in and we all went in behind him".
Repeat: "WE ALL WENT IN BEHIND HIM". If this often referenced eye-witness
account is accurate and unwavering (reference directly below) then the
D.A.'s office and Mr. Coates "got it all wrong".

Under the title: There is overwhelming evidence of Stanley Williams' Guilt

Quote
"Sims' statement to
homicide investigators following his arrest, along with his sworn testimony
over several
decades, not only corroborates the testimony of Alfred Coward offered at
Stanley Williams'
trial, but further establishes, without question, Stanley Williams' guilt".
Unquote

Based on accounts such as this:

D.A's Account

Quote:
After sharing the PCP cigarette, Williams, Coward and Darryl went to the
residence of
Tony Sims. (TT 2109). These four men then discussed where they could go in
Pomona to
make some money. (TT 2111). The four men then went to yet another residence
where they
smoked more PCP. (TT 2113-2116). While at this location, Williams left the
other men for a
brief period of time. When he returned, he had a .22 caliber handgun, which
he also put in the
station wagon.
Unquote

Excerpts from Sims statement to Homicide Investigators dated March 23, 1979

SIMS: Well, I was at home in the bed, getting ready to go to
court the next morning. And Alfred, Tookie, and
Darryl came by the house. Alfred came to the door,
and I went outside and we was talking. He ask me, did I
know any place to make some money at, and I said, no.
And, uh, Tookie and Darryl was in the car. And, uh, I
asked him, "Do you know where to get somethin' to
smoke at?" said "yeah." So we went to get some smoke.
And while we was in the car, uh, Tookie said he
wanted to stop by one of his friends' house so he can
get a gun, another gun, cause he needs another gun.

Sims Parole Consideration Hearing July 24, 2002

CA: Okay. You and, ultimately, three other individuals, wound up
committing this robbery. Apparently, a Mr. Coward, C-O-W-A-
R-D, came over to your house and asked you if you knew
anybody, of any place to rob. You said no. And you guys,
you got to talking and wound up picking up two other guys.
That's Mr. Williams and a guy by the name of Darryl.
Correct?
SIMS: Yes.

Unless there was an omission which read; ..."but not everything in Mr. Sims
statement and subsequent sworn testimony is accurate and changes from time
to time, how can anyone accept this as credible.

Not to waste more of your time because I too become tired and need to rest
and eat dinner I submit the following which still has me shaking my head in
disbelief.

D.A.'s Account

Quote:
As Darryl and Sims walked to the counter area to take money from the
register,
Williams walked behind Owens and told him "shut up and keep walking." (TT
2154). While
pointing a shotgun at Owens' back, Williams directed him to a back storage
room. (TT 2154).
Once inside the storage room, Williams, at gunpoint, ordered Owens to "lay
down, mother
fucker." (TT 2160). Williams then chambered a round into the shotgun. (TT
2162). Williams
then fired the round into the security monitor. (TT 2156-2157, 2162).
Williams then
chambered a second round and fired the round into Owens' back as he lay face
down on the
floor of the storage room. Williams then chambered a third round and fired
again into Owens'
back. (TT 2162).

Repeat: Chambered a round into the shotgun, then fired the round into a SECURITY CAMERA. Then chambered a "second" round and subsequently a third.


SIMS: He could of been kind of tall, I don't know, I really
wasn't paying attention. But, anyway, uh, he was
behind the counter, and he was getting the cigarettes.
And Darryl -- Wait, wait. Okay. We all went in, and he
was behind the counter. And Tookie and Blacky, as
soon as they walked in the door, they walk straight to
the back room. And Darryl told him -- pulled the gun
out and told the dude to go in the back room.
INV: Darryl pulled the .22 out?
SIMS: Yeah.
INV: He pulled his revolver out?
SIMS: I don't -- Did he pull it out? I guess he did pull it out,
and told the dude to go in the back room.
INV: Then what happened?
SIMS: And then he walked around and, I guess, he got the
money and the cigarettes. And then, uh, I was standing
by the door looking at Darryl, and, uh, I heard one shot.
INV: What was Darryl doing when you were looking at
him?
SIMS: He was getting the money out of the cash register.
And -- he was getting the money out of the cash
register, then, when the shot went off. And then, uh,
I heard one shot, and Blacky came running from out
the back and said, "Tookie done shot this guy." Like
that. And I said, "oh, no. So let's go." You know. And
as we was running out the door, I heard two more shots.
And so, uh, then Blacky got in the car, and uh, pulled
off. And Tookie, them was behind us, and so we let
them catch up with us.
INV: Let's go back for a second, when you got to the door to
leave there, did you see Tookie coming out of the back
room?
SIMS: Well, uh, when I got -- when -- okay. When I heard
the first shot, Blacky came from out of the back,
okay. As Blacky was coming out from the back,
there was two more shots. And as we was going out
the door, I looked back and I seen Tookie coming
from the back with the shotgun under his coat.

Repeat: I heard ONE shot, and Blacky came running from out the back and said, "Tookie done shot this guy."

*Huh*

Self-explanatory, but allow me ask a question. How in the hell does
something this blatantly obvious go on unnoticed and unchallenged?

In conclusion, (since my dinner is getting cold) I know this information
should be made public. If I were to open my morning paper and saw a full
page ad with this information, my conscience as a father, humanitarian or simply as a citizen would not allow me to go on
without saying or doing something to demand a new trial for this man. However reprehensible his action in implanting the seed which led to the "crips" (not a typo) no way could I honestly say beyond a shadow of a doubt Mr. Williams is guilty of this crime.

* How ironic the source which provide this
information.*


Kevin Cooper
Director, Shades of Color Production

P.S. If you would like a link provided for your consideration I will gladly send. Plenty of discrepancies which I assure you a reasonable person would find astounding.
 


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