Clemency bid rejected for condemned PA killer

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 17, 2012 3:02 PM

prison-bars-2.jpg(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's Pardons Board is denying a request for clemency from a condemned killer who could become the first person since 1999 to be executed in the state.

The request from Terrance "Terry" Williams was denied Monday after a hearing in Harrisburg. The defense had said Williams was sexually abused for years by the middle-aged man he beat to death in 1984 at the age of 18.

Witnesses drew comparisons to Jerry Sandusky's victims in the Penn State child sex scandal and said Williams deserved to have his sentence commuted to life imprisonment.

But Philadelphia prosecutors described Williams as a violent, calculating killer who initially sought to pin the murder on others and did not raise the issue of sexual abuse until 1998.

Williams is scheduled to be executed October 3rd.

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