OHIO, USA. OHIO EXECUTES WILLIAMS, CONVICTED OF KILLING DRUG DEALING RIVALS
October 25, 2005: Willie "Flip" Williams, Jr., a drug dealer who murdered his rivals and later broke into a juvenile jail to try to kill his accomplices in that crime, was put to death. Williams, 48, did not ask for clemency and died at 10:20 am after a lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
"I'm not going to waste no time talking about my lifestyle, my case or punishment. Mom, you've been there for me from the beginning. I love you. To my nieces, nephew and uncle I love you very much. This ain't nothin', I'll be OK," he said just before he was put to death.
Williams was the 988th inmate executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. It was the third execution in Ohio this year and the 18th since the state resumed capital punishment in 1999.
Williams had returned to his hometown of Youngstown in 1991 after serving a prison stint in California for dealing cocaine and sought to reclaim control of drug sales in a public housing project. In one brazen move, Williams went to the local police station and tried unsuccessfully to gain information about local drug dealers. In what became known as the "Labor Day Massacre," Williams enlisted the help of his 16-year-old girlfriend, her brother and a friend to set up the three men who had taken over the drug trade. William Dent, Alfonda Madison and Eric Howard were bound, along with a friend who came to visit, recently discharged Air Force Sgt. Theodore Wynn, and Williams strangled or shot them, prosecutors said.
Shortly after his arrest as a suspect in the murders, Williams and a group of other inmates escaped from a county jail. A few months later, he broke into a juvenile jail where his three accomplices in the quadruple murder were being held, apparently intending to kill them because they had cooperated with police.
Williams took a guard and a receptionist hostage but was unable to get in and eventually surrendered peacefully.
The state's parole board described the murders of the four men as "wanton, calculated, horrific, cold-blooded."Williams "did not request executive clemency and has shown no remorse for his crimes," Ohio Gov. Bob Taft said in ordering the execution to proceed. (Sources: Reuters, 25/10/2005)