September 28th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

Stay of execution issued for convicted killer

A Philadelphia judge ruled Friday to stay the execution of Pennsylvania convicted killer Terrance Williams and grant a new penalty phase in the case.

Williams, 46, was scheduled to be executed on October 3. No one disputes that Williams beat Amos Norwood to death with a tire iron in 1984 or that he should be in prison.

But his defense team says information that Norwood had allegedly sexually abused Williams was withheld from the trial, and his life should be spent in a cell.

Philadelphia Judge M. Teresa Sarmina on Friday found "reasonable probability" that the verdict might have been different had allegations of abuse surfaced during the initial case and that the relationship between the two men had been established but not disclosed.


Filed under: Courts • Crime • Death Penalty • Justice • Pennsylvania
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  1. NoHarmDone


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    September 29, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    First of all, the Judge found "authorities had suppressed EVIDENCE of alleged s xual abuse.

    Secondly, "a number of high-profile supporters have called for clemency in the case, including Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly."

    "More than 360,000 people have signed an online pet ition asking authorities to spare Williams' life."

    And "Norwood's widow has also asked for the execution to be called off."

    There is obviously some evidence we the public aren't privy to, seeing even his widow is asking for a stay.

    This one is fishy, indeed!

    September 29, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. UPDATE: Aurora "Shooter" case

    James Holmes' ("Aurora Shooter") defense team has yet to plead guilty by reason of insanity, and there is a good reason why.
    Holmes was under the care of a psychiatrist and had already been diagnosed as bipolar, not insane. The particularly rare form of bipolarism afflicting Holmes is called "dysophoric mania", and is commonly treated with anit-psychotic medications.
    This psychiatric condition, a form of bipolar disorder, combines the frenetic energy of mania with agitation, dark thoughts, and in some cases paranoid dillusions.
    Holmes wasn't crazy. He was under the influence of mind altering drugs at the time of the incident. Just as guilty as a homicidal drunk driver is James Holmes.

    September 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Piccaboo on you @Mary. 🙂 Good post! I already posted my thoughts on this case, but will repeat for sake of clarity:
    One gay man rayped another man in the anus. The victim killed the perp.
    The perp would be sentenced to 20 years hard labor if I were judge and jury, and if he were alive.
    If the victim killed the perp in self defense of his own anus, he is innocent.
    If the victim killed the perp motivated by 9/11 style revenge, he is guilty of manslaughter. 7-10 yrs. in prison.
    Had the victim killed the perp in 9/11 style prevenge (killing suspected criminals before they have their day in court) he would be guilty of premeditated murder, and promptly executed.

    September 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    @ Philip, Thank you.
    I do understand everything you said except the following sentence

    "If the victim killed the perp motivated by 9/11 style revenge, he is guilty of manslaughter. 7-10 yrs. in prison."

    Could you explain that one another way please, I'm not getting it.

    September 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    There is a difference between killing in self defense, and murdering in revenge. Do you not see this?
    Murder: to take the life of a human being with malice aforethought.
    To seek revenge, or worse, prevenge, is murder by it's own definition.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Many "christians" confuse preempive war with agape' love, in other words. 🙂

    September 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    🙂 lol. Got it.
    And I see the difference
    swift revenge – "guilty of manslaughter. 7-10 yrs. in prison"
    a long and well thought out revenge – "he would be guilty of premeditated murder, and promptly executed."

    September 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Yes, "Self defense" IS Justifiable

    Yes, "Revenge" IS manslaughter – my understanding – NOT premeditated but in the heat of the moment,tired of getting rayped

    Yes, "Prevenge" IS murder and deserves death.

    Let me know if my understanding is correct. ty 🙂

    September 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    "Many "christians" confuse preempive war with agape' love, in other words. "

    Is this referring to that "love of country, love of god" that fake Christians cloak themselves in?

    September 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bonnie craton

    im confused and scared im not trying to hurt anyone im in so much pain i have no way of commuication untill just now.i have been brain frozen for so long its alful. i donot know what everyone hates me.i love people i always just stuck in this house in pain and have noway to go anywhere.i have no idea what that comment means tv even gives me a hard time about not commuiating .im in the blind to the real world. i was given a coat with crowns on it my computer went crazy and i am a com it feels like it .its very painful. i try very hard to live if it wasnt for my little dog oscar i donnot know what i would do.

    September 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rotboy

    You need HELP!

    October 1, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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