Schwarzenegger Denies Clemency for Crips Co-founder; Execution Set

December 12, 2005 - 5:26 p.m. CST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Now that California's governor has rejected his request for clemency, Stanley Williams is set to die by lethal injection at a minute after midnight Monday, Pacific time.

He could still request another hearing by a federal appeals court that already turned him down today, or ask the Supreme Court to step in. But court intervention is considered unlikely.

In turning down the clemency request, Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he's not convinced that the co-founder of the Crips street gang has had a change of heart since he was convicted a quarter-century ago in four murders. Schwarzenegger suggested that Williams' apparent redemption in prison could just be a ''hollow promise,'' since he hasn't offered any apology for the killings.

Supporters of Williams say he did, in fact, make amends, partly by writing children's books about the dangers of gangs.

The California Highway Patrol is planning to tighten security tonight around San Quentin prison, where hundreds of protesters are expected.

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