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Board to Hear Death Row Inmate's Sex Abuse Claim

Pardons reconsidering condemned killer's clemency plea



    Terrance Williams is scheduled to die by lethal injection next week.

    Pennsylvania’s Pardons Board is granting a second hearing on a condemned Philadelphia man's clemency request less than a week before he's scheduled to be put to death.

    The board voted 4-to-1 Thursday morning to immediately hold the hearing on the request from 46-year-old Terrance Williams, who was convicted in 1986 of fatally beating a man he now claims had been sexually abusing him.

    The board rejected his first clemency request earlier this month.

    Williams' attorneys say victim Amos Norwood was a child molester and prosecutors knew about the abuse Williams suffered but leaned on a co-defendant to keep it out of his testimony.

    Williams is scheduled to be executed Wednesday. He has also been convicted of third-degree murder for killing another man he claims had abused him.

    Calls by NBC10 to the Pardons Board weren’t returned as of early Thursday afternoon.