What was Saul’s (Paul) role in the early persecution?


At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. Acts 7:57-58
            Our first introduction to Saul is in Acts 7 and the stoning of Stephen, Christianity’s first martyr to die for his faith in Jesus Christ.  Saul appeared to be more than a coat check.  There must have been more to his role.
And Saul approved of their killing him.  Acts 8:1
            Saul’s approval could be his satisfaction that everything went the way he planned because he was the community organizer or he saw the way it all worked out and it inspired him to do more.