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October 5, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
TERRANCE WILLIAMS will not be executed Thursday, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday afternoon. In a one-sentence ruling, the court denied a request from the city District Attorney's Office to lift the stay of execution granted Friday by Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. Sarmina stayed Williams execution - which was to take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday - and ordered a new penalty hearing. She did so after announcing that she believed that the prosecutor in Williams' 1986 trial hid evidence about him being sexually abused by his victim, Amos Norwood, 56. The high court's ruling says a briefing schedule is to be set, an indication that the six justices are not finished reviewing Williams' case.
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October 5, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted killer Terrance Williams missed his date with the executioner Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused a prosecution request to allow the execution to occur. In an unsigned one-sentence order, the state's high court decided to take more time - possibly months - to review Friday's ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. Sarmina ruled that the integrity of Williams' 1986 death sentence had been undermined by new evidence that the trial prosecutor withheld information that Williams was sexually molested by his victim.
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September 19, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
T ERRANCE WILLIAMS on Monday moved another step closer to becoming the first person executed by Pennsylvania in 13 years. The state Board of Pardons rejected his petition for clemency, removing one of Williams' last opportunities to be spared the death penalty. The panel voted 3-2 in favor of recommending that Gov. Corbett commute Williams' sentence to life in prison without parole, but a unanimous vote was needed to move the petition forward. Williams, 46, is scheduled to die by injection Oct. 3 for the June 1984 murder of Amos Norwood, a Mount Airy husband and father.
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September 18, 2015 | Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Sports Columnist
DALLAS WILL BE without Dez Bryant for possibly two months as he recovers from a broken bone in his right foot. The statistics say that the Cowboys are missing the NFL's leading touchdown scorer among wide receivers from a year ago. Quarterback Tony Romo sees it as something much deeper. "He's the heartbeat of our team emotionally," Romo said. "He brings energy every day. We're gonna miss that. We have to pick it up around him. " Bryant's injury is the primary reason Terrance Williams has been one of the most popular waiver wire pickups of the fantasy week.
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September 22, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The prosecutor who put Terrance Williams on death row denounced Williams' admitted accomplice Thursday, rejecting as a lie the contention that Williams killed Amos Norwood in a sexual rage and that authorities ignored evidence of his motive. "It's a complete lie," Andrea Foulkes said when asked about new statements by Marc Draper. Draper now says Foulkes and detectives ignored his information about a sexual motive behind the 1984 killing of Norwood, 56, in West Oak Lane. Draper's account of Williams' alleged abuse by Norwood is the evidence being used by Williams' lawyers to try to block his scheduled Oct. 3 execution.
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September 27, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge said she will announce Friday whether she will halt the Oct. 3 execution of Terrance Williams for the 1984 killing of Amos Norwood. Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina's announcement came Tuesday after two days of testimony on the defense claim that the 1986 trial prosecutor withheld evidence from and misled the jury before it condemned the then-18-year-old Cheyney University freshman. Williams, 46, has exhausted his federal and state appeals and, barring emergency judicial intervention, will become the first person executed in Pennsylvania in 13 years and the first contested execution in a half-century.
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August 11, 2012
A headline Friday on the scheduled execution of Terrance Williams incorrectly described the death warrant as the first signed in Pennsylvania since 1999. It actually is the first death warrant signed since then that lawyers expect to be carried out on schedule. The article wrongly described the number of years Williams was sexually molested by his murder victim; it was five years. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
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September 20, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for condemned Philadelphia killer Terrance Williams have asked the state Board of Pardons to reconsider Williams' petition for clemency, citing purportedly inaccurate information a prosecutor gave the board Monday at the hearing. Though the board voted, 3-2, for clemency for Williams, 46, who is scheduled for execution Oct. 3, a unanimous vote was needed for the nonbinding recommendation to be sent to Gov. Corbett. In a letter to the board Tuesday, Williams' lawyers asked for reconsideration because of how Assistant District Attorney Thomas Dolgenos answered a question from board member Harris Gubernick.
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September 14, 2012
By Vicki Schieber Many have come forward with concerns about the execution of Terrance Williams, which is to take place Oct. 3 unless his sentence is commuted. One objection in particular should be given great weight: that of Mamie Norwood, the widow of the man Williams killed in 1984. I know what it means to lose someone you love to violence. In 1998, my beautiful daughter, Shannon, was murdered in Philadelphia. Shannon was a brilliant young woman and a student at the Wharton School.
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September 30, 2012
The election and trust in the media Peter Goldmark, in complaining that the media aren't trusted, should realize how much yellow journalism is out there ("If media aren't trusted, then what?" Monday). On one side, major news channels and newspapers such as The Inquirer never seem to see anything wrong with what President Obama is doing, which is horrible considering what is happening to American prestige around the world. On the other hand, FOX News and many talk-radio programs see nothing wrong with Mitt Romney, and they actually applaud some of his gaffes.
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September 18, 2015 | Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Sports Columnist
DALLAS WILL BE without Dez Bryant for possibly two months as he recovers from a broken bone in his right foot. The statistics say that the Cowboys are missing the NFL's leading touchdown scorer among wide receivers from a year ago. Quarterback Tony Romo sees it as something much deeper. "He's the heartbeat of our team emotionally," Romo said. "He brings energy every day. We're gonna miss that. We have to pick it up around him. " Bryant's injury is the primary reason Terrance Williams has been one of the most popular waiver wire pickups of the fantasy week.
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October 5, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
TERRANCE WILLIAMS will not be executed Thursday, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday afternoon. In a one-sentence ruling, the court denied a request from the city District Attorney's Office to lift the stay of execution granted Friday by Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. Sarmina stayed Williams execution - which was to take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday - and ordered a new penalty hearing. She did so after announcing that she believed that the prosecutor in Williams' 1986 trial hid evidence about him being sexually abused by his victim, Amos Norwood, 56. The high court's ruling says a briefing schedule is to be set, an indication that the six justices are not finished reviewing Williams' case.
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October 5, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted killer Terrance Williams missed his date with the executioner Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused a prosecution request to allow the execution to occur. In an unsigned one-sentence order, the state's high court decided to take more time - possibly months - to review Friday's ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. Sarmina ruled that the integrity of Williams' 1986 death sentence had been undermined by new evidence that the trial prosecutor withheld information that Williams was sexually molested by his victim.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
HIS MUG SHOT makes him look like a teddy bear. His rap sheet makes him out to be a grizzly. Terrance Williams, 46, is guilty of murder. Two murders, in fact. The 26-year death-row resident is no falsely accused choirboy, and he will die. But he will not die Wednesday. Friday morning, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina allowed Williams' first-degree murder conviction to stand but vacated his death sentence. Friday afternoon, District Attorney Seth Williams filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court to overrule Sarmina.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
Rest in peace, Andy Williams The world has lost a superb entertainer and an all-around good and gentle man with the passing of the beloved Andy Williams ("Mellow crooner with Midwestern charm," Thursday). Alas, the distinguished and genteel crooners such as Williams, Mel Torme, Perry Como, and Rudy Vallee have become a vanishing breed. Williams brought so much great and wholesome entertainment to us through a tremendous number of varied television appearances. Perhaps he will be most fondly and affectionately remembered for his Christmas specials, which always got us into the spirit of that beautiful season with beautiful music, comedy, talented artists, and the handsome Williams family.
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September 30, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fate of condemned killer Terrance Williams is now before the state Supreme Court after a Philadelphia judge Friday stayed execution, citing the prosecutor's suppression of evidence that might have persuaded the jury to spare Williams' life. District Attorney Seth Williams denounced the ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina staying the Wednesday execution, and his office immediately appealed. But Seth Williams also acknowledged that it was unlikely the state's high court would consider his petition before Terrance Williams' death warrant expires Thursday.
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September 29, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - The state Board of Pardons on Thursday agreed to hear for a second time the clemency plea of condemned Philadelphia killer Terrance Williams, but after voting to reopen the case and listening to oral arguments, the panel took the issue under advisement. That moved Williams' hope of escaping execution by lethal injection back to Philadelphia on Friday, where Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina will decide whether to grant his plea for a stay of execution. On Thursday, the pardons board first voted, 4-1, to reconsider clemency.
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September 29, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The fate of condemned killer Terrance Williams is now before the state Supreme Court after a Philadelphia judge Friday stayed execution, citing the prosecutor's suppression of evidence that might have persuaded the jury to spare Williams' life. District Attorney Seth Williams denounced the ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina staying the Oct. 3 execution, and his office immediately appealed. But Seth Williams also acknowledged that it was unlikely the state's high court would consider his petition before Terrance Williams' death warrant expires Thursday.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
The case for sparing the life of condemned killer Terrance Williams has never been more compelling than now, just days away from his scheduled appointment with Pennsylvania's executioner. Working along two tracks, Gov. Corbett and the courts still have a chance to head off an irreversible injustice - and what would be the state's first execution in a half-century of someone who had not given up on appealing his death sentence. The first opportunity comes Thursday, when the state Board of Probation and Parole is set to review its rejection of Williams' clemency bid. New evidence that weighs heavily in Williams' favor should be more than enough to convince two board holdouts to recommend commutation by Corbett to a life sentence.
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