`Tookie’ lawyers accuse police of smear tactics

first_imgFONTANA – Attorneys for Death Row inmate and Crips co-founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams say a suspected child molester being sought in Fontana is not Williams’ son, contrary to what police earlier told the media. Williams was convicted of killing four people, including a clerk at a Whittier convenience store and three other people shot to death at a motel in Pico Rivera. In a clemency petition to the governor, his attorneys said police falsely linked Williams with Lafayette Jones – a 36-year-old man charged with committing sex acts with a 13-year-old girl – as part of a smear campaign against him. “The effect of the story … was to falsely link Stanley `Tookie’ Williams to an alleged rapist in the mind of the public at exactly the time his clemency petition is pending,” Williams’ attorneys wrote in their petition. Last week, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office issued a $600,000 warrant for Jones’ arrest. Fontana police said he took the girl from her home Nov. 12 and forced her, at gunpoint, to perform sex acts on him. The girl later escaped, police said. Jones is charged with committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, assault with a deadly weapon, terrorist threats and false imprisonment. Fontana police said Jones is Williams’ son, which was reported in the media Nov. 16. But Williams’ attorneys obtained a signed affidavit from Jones’ mother, Janice Anderson, who said Jones’ father is a different man named Stanley Williams – not the one who is on Death Row. State prison officials said there was no smear campaign against Williams and that no one from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation had spoken with Fontana police regarding Jones. “The judge issued a death warrant back on Oct. 24, and we intend to proceed on the scheduled execution, set for Dec. 13,” said department spokesman Todd Slosek. Williams’ attorneys also disputed previous statements made by officials at San Quentin State Prison linking Williams to prison gang violence. Their petition includes prison documents showing that while Williams was involved in several fights during his first few years in prison, he has not committed any rule violations since 1993. Williams was sentenced to death in 1981. Since he was incarcerated, Williams has written a series of children’s books urging youths to avoid gangs. Many have called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant Williams clemency. His supporters include actor Jamie Foxx, who portrayed Williams in “Redemption,” a made-for-TV movie, and rap artist Snoop Dogg, a former Crip. [email protected] (909) 483-9354 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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