Update: PA Pardons Board reconsidering condemned killer's plea

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 27, 2012 10:51 AM

Thumbnail image for prison guard tower (Harrisburg) -- The state Pardons Board is granting a second hearing on a condemned Philadelphia man's clemency request less than a week before he's scheduled to be put to death.

The board voted 4-to-1 this morning to immediately hold the hearing on the request from 46-year-old Terrance Williams, who was convicted in 1986 of fatally beating a man he now claims had been sexually abusing him.

The board rejected his first clemency request earlier this month.

Williams' attorneys say victim Amos Norwood was a child molester and prosecutors knew about the abuse Williams suffered but leaned on a co-defendant to keep it out of his testimony.

Williams is scheduled to be executed Wednesday. He has also been convicted of third-degree murder for killing another man he claims had abused him.

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