Clock is still ticking on Terrance Williams’ execution
Although convicted murderer Terrance “Terry” Williams was granted a stay of execution last week by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge who ruled that recently unearthed evidence shows the prosecution coached its main witness and withheld relevant information at trial, the execution could still go forward if the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturns the stay.
Chief Justice Ronald Castille, who was Philadelphia District Attorney at the time of the trial and who personally signed the death penalty certification for Williams, refused to recuse himself from considering the request from current Philly DA Seth Williams to overturn the stay.
October 2, 2012
Lawyers of a Pennsylvania inmate on death row still fear he could be executed even though his death sentence has been thrown out.
Terrance Williams could still be executed if the State Supreme Court reverses the decision before midnight tomorrow. Williams is on death row for killing two men when he was a teenager. He claimed that both men had sexually abused him.
A judge found evidence to support the claims and halted Williams’ execution.
Prosecutors have appealed the judges decision to the State Supreme Court.