Executed Inmate Summary – Stanley Williams

WARNING: The following crime summaries contain graphic descriptions of one or more murders and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Stanley Williams Mugshot

Name: Williams, Stanley
CDC# C29300
Sex: M

  • Alias: Tookie
  • Race: Black
  • Date Received: 04/20/1981
  • Education: 12th Grade
  • Location: San Quentin State Prison
  • Married: No


Four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances.

  • County of Trial: Los Angeles
  • Sentence Date: 04/20/1981
  • County of Residence: Unknown
  • County of Offense: Los Angeles
  • Offense Date: 03/11/1979
  • Court Action: Affirmed
  • Case #: A194636


  • Albert Lewis Owens (male, 24)
  • Tsai-Shai Yang (male, 67)
  • Yen-I Yang (female, 63)
  • Ye Chen Lin (female, 43)


On Wednesday, February 28, 1979, around 4 a.m., defendant Stanley Williams and a companion were in one car traveling with the co-defendant and another companion. They were running low on gas and decided to rob a store. They stopped at a 7-Eleven market at 10437 Whittier Boulevard in Whittier and all four entered the market. The attendant, victim Albert Lewis Owens, was sweeping the parking lot and was herded into the store by the defendant and one of the companions. While one of the companions emptied the cash register drawer and took $120 dollars, the defendant took the victim into the back room, told him to get on his knees and then shot him twice in the back with a shotgun.

On Sunday, March 11, 1979, at about 5:30 a.m., the defendant, accompanied by another man, broke down the door and entered the Brookhaven Motel at 10411 South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles and shot to death 67-year old Tsai Shai Young, his 63-year old wife Yen-I Yang and their 43-year old daughter Ye Chen Lin. He took about $50 in cash and left.

Other Information:

Williams and Raymond Washington founded the Crips, a street gang, in 1971.


Stanley Williams was executed by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison on December 13, 2005. He was pronounced dead at 12:35 a.m. There were no last words. Williams did not request a last meal, but did drink milk in the few hours before his execution.