WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Convicted killer Cal Coburn Brown was moved to a holding cell near the execution chamber of the Washington State Penitentiary Thursday as the clock ticked toward the state's first execution in nine years.
The prison was operating normally Thursday evening, with all prisoners required to be in their cells at 9 p.m., officials said.
Prison officials said Brown brought 15 personal photos, a writing pad, five envelopes, a pen, a book, an address book and two pair of reading glasses to the holding cell. He had no visitors Thursday, but did receive a visit earlier in the week from an aunt and uncle from California, said Belinda Stewart, communications and outreach director for the state Department of Corrections.
"He is resigned to what is going to happen tonight," Stewart said. "He's aware, he knows and he's resigned."