Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stay of Execution in Pennsylvania

"Court spares Pa. inmate from Wednesday execution" by Maryclaire Dale  |  Associated Press, October 04, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — The state’s high court on Wednesday halted Pennsylvania’s first scheduled execution in more than a decade, at least temporarily sparing the life of a man who said the two men he killed had molested him.

With hours remaining until Terrance ‘‘Terry’’ Williams’ death warrant expired, the state Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal by Philadelphia prosecutors to overturn a lower court ruling and proceed with the execution.

Williams, 46, of Philadelphia, killed two men in his teens.

A state judge found late last week that prosecutors withheld evidence from Williams’s capital murder trial in 1986, including evidence the victim in that case was molesting teen boys....