September 24, 2012 |
As a child, Terrance Williams endured constant physical abuse and was sexually assaulted by both his victims, his defense argues, important evidence that was never presented at trial more than a quarter century ago. His legal representation was so shoddy and inept that he received the death penalty though he was barely an adult when he committed the crime. Clemency is now supported by five former jurors, more than 360,000 petitioners, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, and the widow of one of the victims.
September 20, 2012 |
FIVE MONTHS before Terrance Williams, at age 18, murdered the man whose slaying has landed him on Pennsylvania's death row, he murdered another man. Between those murders, Williams pulled an armed robbery, court records show. Before that, at age 16, Williams broke into the Mount Airy home of an elderly couple on Christmas Eve. He woke them by pressing the muzzle of a rifle against the woman's neck, threatened to blow her head off, fired the gun three times above the couple and ransacked their home before fleeing with valuables, according to the District Attorney's Office.
September 19, 2012 |
Lawyers for condemned Philadelphia killer Terrance "Terry" Williams Tuesday afternoon asked the state Board of Pardons to reconsider Williams' petition for clemency, citing purportedly inaccurate information a prosecutor provided the board at the hearing on Monday. Though the board voted 3 to 2 for clemency for Williams, 46, who is scheduled for execution on Oct. 3, a unanimous vote was needed for the nonbinding recommendation to be sent to Gov. Corbett. In a letter to the board, Williams' lawyers asked for reconsideration because of the way Assistant District Attorney Thomas Dolgenos answered a question from pardons board member Harris Gubernick.
September 18, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, OHIO - A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying that his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death. " Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said that his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood that his executioners would encounter severe problems. He's also so big that the execution gurney might not hold him, lawyers for Post said in federal court papers filed Friday.
September 16, 2012 |
DEFENSE ATTORNEYS for the Philadelphia man scheduled to be executed on Oct. 3 persuaded a judge Friday to schedule a hearing to hear testimony from witnesses whom the attorneys allege covered up evidence during the condemned man's 1986 trial. The ruling, made over the objections of city prosecutors, was a ray of sunlight for Terrence Williams, 46, who is on deck to become the first person executed in Pennsylvania in 13 years. He is on death row for the June 1984 murder of Amos Norwood, 56, a West Mount Airy chemist whom Williams beat to death with a tire iron, set on fire and robbed.
September 12, 2012 |
PENNSYLVANIA still has the death penalty, unlike its sister states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, all of which have now abolished it. It hasn't used it in the present century, although it houses the fourth-largest death-row population in the country. Time is running out for many of the condemned as their appeals wind down. It may be running out for Terry Williams, whose Oct. 3 death warrant was signed last week by Gov. Corbett. There are many reasons to abandon the death penalty.
September 10, 2012 |
Al Pacino may play Joe Paterno in a new movie about the late Penn State football coach, reports Deadline.com's Mike Fleming . The film, says Fleming, would be based on Joe Posnanski 's biography of Paterno, which detailed the last two years of the coach's life. No writer or director is attached to the movie, but Pacino's involvement would continue the Oscar-winner's string of controversial real-life characters. Pacino has played Dr. Jack Kevorkian (in the HBO movie You Don't Know Jack )
August 31, 2012 |
GREENSBURG, Pa. - A man deserves to die by lethal injection for his role in the torture killing of a mentally disabled woman held captive in a dingy apartment for more than two days, a jury ruled Thursday. The jury delivered the death penalty instead of life in prison for Melvin Knight, 22, after hearing nearly two weeks of testimony about the death of Jennifer Daugherty in February 2010. Knight, who pleaded guilty to murder, is to have the sentence imposed Friday by Westmoreland County Court Judge Rita Hathaway.
August 31, 2012
Thank you for printing the article regarding the rescued dogs from local shelters (Aug. 22). So many wonderful animals are available for adoption in this area and are waiting to be a part of a loving family. Remember, if you buy a dog from a breeder or a pet store, chances are one at a kill shelter will be put down. Am I preaching to the choir? Lori F. Oakes Philadelphia Let's help the police! It seems that violence is rearing its ugly head throughout Philadelphia and the suburbs.