Pennsylvania Set to Execute Man Who Killed His Molesters [Video]
Terrance Williams is set to be executed in Pennsylvania for killing two of his s****l abusers, raising the question of whether his punishment is too severe. What is most horrible about this case is that Williams was not only abused by his molesters, but also by his mother and alcoholic father:
…..behind the image of Williams as a model student athlete was a childhood marred by horrific physical and s****l abuse that began from the time Williams was just 6 years old. Relentlessly beaten by his mother (herself a victim of abuse) and his alcoholic stepfather and gang-raped at a juvenile detention center when he was 16, by the time Williams killed Norwood he was regularly cutting himself, abusing drugs and alcohol, and had endured more than a decade of abuse.
Later Williams would be accosted by another man, Herbert Hamilton, who supported Ben Franklin High School basketball team. Hamilton used the basketball team as a way to scout for young homosexual partners. Terrance Williams was reportedly over to Hamilton’s house a lot and killed him during a struggle when Hamilton demanded that Williams pose naked for him. Williams was convicted of murder and sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Williams was in jail when he was convicted of killing Amos Norwood, who led the altar boys and directed the Youth Theater Fellowship at Philadelphia’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and had been beaten with a tire iron, set on fire, and left in a cemetery. What the jury didn’t know was that Norwood had been raping Williams since he was 13.
Now Williams is scheduled to be executed for killing Norwood, even though there is overwhelming support for clemency in the case. Twenty-two former prosecutors, eight retired judges, forty-seven mental health professionals, and a majority of the jurors on the case have come forward to support clemency in this case. Even Mr. Norwood’s widow has come forward on behalf of Williams.
For more, here is a segment from Democracy Now which provides more detail.
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