Dr. Jerry Williams, a Stephen F. Austin sociology professor, spoke at the Walls Unit protest of the 200th execution under Governor Rick Perry. Video on YouTube.
Williams’ sister was brutally murdered and her killer only spent 15 years in prison. His remarks at the 200th execution protest was the first time he has spoken publicly about the murder of his sister. He explains why he doesn’t believe in execution. “I hated him. I wanted to see him die. I wanted to see him suffer in prison. And I thought justice would be done only in the way, but what I realized over time was that my hate really diminished me. It damaged me and did nothing for him,” explained Williams.