Lawyers ask state's chief justice to step down from death row case

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 1, 2012 2:10 PM

(Philadelphia) — Lawyers for a death-row inmate facing a possible execution Wednesday want Pennsylvania's chief justice to step down from the case.Thumbnail image for Prison fence

Lawyers for Terrance "Terry" Williams argue that Chief Justice Ronald Castille should recuse himself because Castille supervised Williams' death-penalty case when he was Philadelphia's district attorney.

At the moment, Williams has a reprieve of his scheduled execution Wednesday.

A Philadelphia judge has granted him a new sentencing hearing after finding new evidence last week that prosecutors withheld evidence at his 1986 trial.

But prosecutors are appealing that decision to Castille's court.

Williams would be the first person executed in Pennsylvania in 50 years who had not abandoned his appeals.

He's on death row for killing two men in his teens. He now says both victims had been sexually abusing him.

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