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Update: PA Pardons Board won't rule on clemency yet

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 27, 2012 12:35 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The state Pardons Board won't immediately rule on a condemned Philadelphia man's clemency bid, just six days before his scheduled execution.Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for prison-bars-2.jpg

The pardons board heard new arguments Thursday but will take the case "under advisement," after earlier rejecting the clemency bid.

The fate of 46-year-old Terrance Williams now moves back to a Philadelphia judge weighing new evidence in the 1984 murder case. Judge M. Teresa Sarmina has pledged to rule Friday on a motion to stay the execution.

Williams is on death row for killing two men as a teenager. His lawyers say both men had been sexually abusing him and that prosecutors hid that information from jurors in the second trial, who sentenced Williams to death.

Williams is scheduled to be executed Wednesday.

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