Board to Hear Death Row Inmate's Sex Abuse Claim

Pardons reconsidering condemned killer's clemency plea

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012  |  Updated 1:34 PM EDT
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Board to Hear Death Row Inmate's Sex Abuse Claim

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

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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.

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