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Terrence Williams is going to die on October 3, barring clemency from the Governor Corbett. A jury sentenced Williams to die after convicting him in the 1984 murder of Amos Norwood.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (Catholic Online) - Williams brutally attacked and killed Norwood with a tire iron. Despite the brutality of the killing, a number of people, including the Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput, and the victim's 75 year-old widow, are asking for clemency.
What has not been publicly stated until recently is that Williams was brutally and sexually abused by Norwood and other men. These details were not properly presented at his trial.
Despite the numerous pleas for clemency, Governor Corbett appears unlikely to grant clemency, having already signed the death warrant.
Williams will be executed by lethal injection on October 3.
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