Victim’s widow among those trying to stop killer’s execution
With less than a month before condemned murderer Terrance Williams is scheduled to die by lethal injection, his advocates on Thursday chose an option not used in a half-century: a plea for clemency from the governor.
Lawyers for Williams, 46, formerly of Philadelphia, filed the petition asking Gov. Corbett and the state Board of Pardons to stop Williams’ Oct. 3 execution and commute his sentence to life in prison without parole.
A broad-based group of lawyers and former judges, child advocates, and religious figures – including the widow of the man Williams killed in 1984 – urged that his life be spared for a crime committed three months after he turned 18, the minimum age for someone to be sentenced to death in the United States….
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