Friday, September 28, 2012

Terrance Williams' October 3 execution postponed

Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge M. Theresa Sarmina today issued a stay of execution of condemned killer Terrance Williams, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Williams, 46, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on October 3.

Judge Sarmina's decision came a day after the state Board of Pardons agreed to hear for a second time Williams' plea for clemency, but put off any action in apparent deference to the court in Philadelphia.

The board's action to rehear William's clemency plea reversed a Sept. 17 vote in which the panel failed to recommend that Gov. Corbett commute the killer's death sentence to life in prison without parole.

Williams was set to be the first Pennsylvania prisoner put to death since 1999.

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