Kenneth Williams Issues Final Statement Ahead of Execution

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - (Pine Bluff Commercial) - Freelance journalist Deborah Robinson, in an e-mail to the Commercial Thursday afternoon, said that she was contacted by death row inmate Kenneth Williams, who wanted to issue final statements before he is executed.
 
The Arkansas Supreme Court has denied requests for execution stays for Williams, who is set to be put to death at 7 p.m. today.
 
Williams, 38, still has several other legal challenges pending in multiple courts. His attorneys have said he’s intellectually disabled and that he has medical conditions that could make his execution painful.
 
The Commercial’s Knowles Adkisson is scheduled to be a media witness to Williams’ execution, and we will have more updates as they become available.
 
Williams was responsible for the deaths of four people in total. He killed Missouri resident Michael Greenwood in a car accident while fleeing authorities after Cecil Boren’s 1999 slaying. Williams escaped prison and killed Boren during a life sentence without parole for the 1998 murder of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student Dominique Hurd. He later confessed to murdering Jerrell Jenkins the same day he killed Hurd.
 
Following is Williams’ statement to Robinson when asked if he had any final words before his execution.
 
Do you have any final words?
 
“This was the question asked of me by Director Wendy Kelly of the Arkansas Department of Correction while her staff members checked my veins searching for the best place to inject a lethal injection needle into my arm, during my upcoming scheduled April 27th execution,” Robinson wrote in Williams’ words.
 
“They found it difficult locating a vein in my arm. The old veins where loyal to me; discerning they meant me harm. I have those small hard to see veins.
 
“She asked me, ‘Would you mind signing a medical consent form authorizing a medical staff to place a stent in your arm in advance of your scheduled execution?’
 
“This of course would be so they could more easily inject the poison into my veins leading to my death. I thought to myself, ‘what kind of crazy question is this? You want my assistance by signing that form!’ I chuckled at the mere idea. ‘I’m not sure how to answer that,’ I said.
 
“Although I knew exactly how to answer her. I was basically told it would happen one way or another. Later I would find out they would go so far as to cut your risk to find a vein if they had too. At that moment, I decided if it came down to it, I would sign that form.
 
“Regarding my last words... Not that I believe that a person can speak last words, there’s eternity. I imagined I will once again apologize to the victim’s family members. In addition to that, I doubt it if you will be able to properly record my final words on paper. You want even understand them because they will be spoken in my spiritual language, in ‘Tongues.’
 
“Tongues are made mention of in the Bible: 1 Corinthians Chapter 14. If it be my fate to die on an execution table shaped like a crucifixion cross, my last words here on earth will be spoken to God above while the ADC and the State of Arkansas work to put my body to death beneath.”

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