Terrance Williams scheduled to die October 3
A clemency hearing was held yesterday for Terrance Williams, a man who is scheduled for execution on Oct. 3 for two murders committed back in 1984 when he was 17 years old.
Among those calling for a stay of execution in the case is Mamie Norwood, widow of Amos Norwood, who Williams beat to death with a tire iron. Norwood said in a letter dated January 2012 that after a great deal of prayer, she is convinced that the life of her husband’s killer should be spared. If the execution goes as planned, it would make Williams the first person executed in Pennsylvania since notorious torture killer Gary Heidnik was put to death in 1999.
“I was angry and resentful toward Mr. Williams for many years,” she wrote. “But then several years ago, I accepted that Amos was not coming back. I knew I had to find a way to heal and live a peaceful and happy life. I realized that the only way I could do that was to forgive Terry Williams for what he did. Several years ago, after much prayer and self-reflection, I found the strength and courage to forgive Terry Williams for what he did. I do not wish to see Terry Williams executed. His execution would go against my Christian faith.”
Terry Williams murdered Amos Norwood, 56, with a tire iron inside a Mt. Airy cemetery in 1984. He also murdered a second man, Herbert Hamilton, 50. His defense is arguing that the murders were precipitated by Williams’ years of childhood sexual and physical abuse and are mitigating circumstances.
In the petition for executive clemency, basically requesting Governor Tom Corbett to commute the death sentence to life in prison, his attorneys argue that the jury which convicted Williams never heard the circumstances surrounding the abuse he suffered. It is also argued that Norwood and Hamilton were two of Williams’ sexual abusers. The petition states that Williams suffered “years of physical and emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment” and the “unrelenting abuse and neglect made Terry an easy target for sexual predators. Two of those alleged sexual predators, the petition states, were Norwood and Hamilton, who allegedly “preyed on teenage boys” offering money, clothes and food in exchange for sex.
On June 11, 1984, Williams and Marc Draper were gambling on a street corner and lost their money. According to investigators, Williams left and later returned with ten dollars that he allegedly got from Norwood. Later Norwood drove by and Williams and Draper went with him, with the intention of taking his money. They drove to a cemetery, where they forced Norwood out, bound and gagged him, robbed him and then beat him to death with a tire iron and a wrench. Later on, Williams returned and burned the body. Williams and Draper were arrested two months later. Draper made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to second degree murder and criminal conspiracy. Williams was found guilty of first degree murder, robbery and conspiracy on February 3, 1986.
But the murder of Norwood was an expression of Williams’ dark side, the Mr. Hyde, to borrow the term from his last appeal that was argued from Dec. 7, 2010 to March 9, 2011. Two earlier, extremely violent crimes were used as aggravating circumstances during his trial to secure the death penalty.
Judge D. Brooks Smith heard arguments from Williams’ last appeal and upheld the death sentence. Although Williams graduated from Germantown High, was an award-winning athlete and a student at Cheyney University, there was a darker side to his nature, Judge Smith wrote. After committing several other crimes, in January 1984, Williams allegedly murdered Hamilton by beating him with a baseball bat and then stabbing him more than twenty times with a butcher knife. Hamilton had also been accused of sexually abusing Williams.
“Williams drove the butcher knife through the back of Hamilton's neck until it protruded through the other side,” Judge Smith said. “He then doused Hamilton's body with kerosene and unsuccessfully attempted to set fire to it. When police officers later entered the apartment, they found Hamilton's kerosene-soaked body with the knife jammed through his neck; on the bathroom mirror, the phrase ‘I loved you’ was scrawled in toothpaste. Williams was then seventeen.”
Attorneys for the prosecution counter argue that Williams’ assertion that he was sexually abused by the victims wasn’t raised until he had lost his appeals.
When Seth Williams successfully campaigned to become Philadelphia’s top prosecutor a few years ago he used a catchy phrase: “A new day, a new DA.”
But based on recent positions/posturing by Williams, this new DA continues operating in the same old way as his predecessors.
Actions by Williams evidence his not acting in accordance with that “New Day” many expected from Williams, especially involving death penalty and police brutality matters.
The DA’s Office took a spanking last week when a Philadelphia judge set aside the death penalty on Terrance Williams and the state’s Board of Pardons reconvened a clemency hearing involving Williams’ execution.
The actions by the judge and Board arose largely from disturbing misconduct by Philly prosecutors.
The prosecutorial misconduct cited by that judge when acting to halt the execution of Williams occurred more than two decades before DA Seth Williams assumed control of that office in January 2010.
However, the prosecutorial misconduct producing that second Pardons Board hearing occurred during Williams’ watch.
That Pardons Board misconduct by one of DA Williams’ employees involved a misrepresentation where that prosecutor denied that Philly prosecutors made a deal with the co-defendant in the 1986 murder trial of Terrance Williams. Evidence of that deal came from documents in DA Office files.
Legal dictionaries define misrepresentation as an assertion “not in accordance” with facts.
Laymen often define misrepresentation as a lie.
The problem with the prosecutorial misconduct in Williams’ death penalty case plus misconduct evident in two police abuse cases ending recently in acquittals of the (falsely) accused is that misconduct fits the sordid pattern of Philly prosecutors vehemently defending the indefensible — particularly fighting to retain tainted convictions.
There is a decades-long legacy of Philadelphia prosecutors playing fast and loose with fairness and facts in prosecutions ranging from disorderly conduct to the death penalty.
Three of the six persons released from Pennsylvania’s death row since the early 1970s reinstitution of executions were Philadelphia residents. And mixed into the matrix of injustice endured by each of those three men was misconduct by prosecutors inclusive of withholding evidence of innocence.
Prosecutors put Harold Wilson on death row in 1988 citing guilt evidence of a bloody shoe print and a blood-stained jacket.
But the shoe print was size 8 while Wilson wears a size 13 shoe. And, that blood-stained jacket was much smaller than clothing fitting the tall, heavy-set Wilson.
Post-conviction DNA testing helped secure the 2005 release of Wilson, who spent nearly 6,000 days on death row. Wilson recounts how prosecutors tried to withhold the DNA evidence of his innocence.
In 1978, for example, when DA Williams was 11 years old, a federal judge castigated the unethical/illegal antics of Philly prosecutors as “absolutely incredible.”
That judge leveled his criticism at the conclusion of a trial convicting six Philly police detectives for outrageous brutality during their investigation of a fatal fire-bombing.
One of the acts angering that judge in 1978 was Philly prosecutors giving immunity to a man who confessed to that fire-bombing yet those same prosecutors — days later — prosecuted another man for that fire-bombing despite prosecutors knowing his innocence due to that confession.
Many members of Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican community are still upset by the prosecutorial misconduct animating convictions arising from the 1973 Art Museum rape-murder case.
Yes, DA Seth Williams has initiated commendable reforms of prosecutorial practices including some involving death penalty cases, yet his public posturing on the Terrance Williams case echoes that of his widely despised predecessor, Lynne Abraham.
The DA is entitled to his opinion of inmate Williams as a brutal murderer despicably receiving an orchestrated make-over from villain to victim.
And DA Williams is entitled to his fact-challenged claim that former prosecutor now Judge Teresa Sarmina erred in finding prosecutorial misconduct during that mid-1980s trial of Terrance Williams.
Yet DA Williams pontificates when defending his efforts to have inmate Williams executed as not “celebrating” the death penalty but “preserving the integrity of the jury’s verdict and sentence.”
Where is the integrity in a conviction from a trial where Williams’ inept defense attorney met his death penalty facing client for the first time one day before the beginning of Williams’ first-degree murder trial?
A truly New Day DA should not defend the integrity of a conviction arising from lawyer ineffectiveness that obviously constituted robbery of fundamental fair trail rights.
Inmate Williams doesn’t seek prison release but conversion of his death sentence to life in prison without parole — a sentence many call “walking death.”
And where is the integrity in prosecuting those court-clogging, cost-wasting police abuse cases that ended in acquittals?
One of those acquittals involved Darrell Holloway, a legally blind man who police accused of attacking officers during an August 2011 drug sale investigation, an attack that apparently involved Holloway employing supra-human radar/sonar enabling him to chase after policemen he couldn’t see.
The other acquittal involved Jeff Hart, a noted radio broadcast charged by police with disorderly conduct in July 2012 for cursing an officer after that officer ordered Hart to leave the scene of an arrest where Hart said he saw an officer beat a handcuffed man.
Without vigorous prosecution of illegal acts by prosecutors and police, official misconduct will continue.
Linn Washington Jr. is a graduate of the Yale Law Journalism Fellowship Program.
Killer would be first person put to death in Pa. since 1999
The state of Pennsylvania hasn’t executed a prisoner since notorious serial killer Gary Heidnik was put down by lethal injection on July 6, 1999 — but that may change on Oct. 3.
On that date, Terrance Williams is scheduled to be put to death — an execution order that was signed by Governor Tom Corbett last week. Williams has run through the appeals process, but a federal public defender has petitioned a Court of Common Pleas judge to commute his death sentence to one of life in prison. The argument is that Amos Norwood, 56, the man Williams killed, sexually and physically abused him from his early teens — and the abuse was escalating. Further, Williams had been victimized sexually since he was six years old and was striking back at Norwood when he killed him. This information, argues federal community defender Shawn Nolan, was not presented to the jury who convicted and sentenced him of murder in the first degree in 1986.
“Terry’s case is unique, and Terry is deserving of mercy,” said Nolan. “We hope that those with the power to prevent this injustice will agree that Terry’s death sentence should be commuted to life without the possibility of parole. Most Pennsylvanians would agree that the death penalty is the punishment for the worst of the worst offenders, not for traumatized victims of sexual abuse who strike back at their abusers. Terry Williams’ story is one of horrific childhood sexual and physical abuse. A victim of sexual abuse since the age of 6, Terry was preyed on repeatedly by older males throughout his childhood. Born into poverty, with a violently abusive mother and no father, Terry was vulnerable and victimized by a series of predators. Deeply traumatized from the sexual and physical abuse, at the ages of 17 and 18, Terry killed two
of those predators. Terry is profoundly remorseful for these crimes.”
The complicated case goes back to June 11, 1984. On that date, Williams and Marc Draper were gambling on a street corner and lost their money. According to investigators, Williams left and later returned with $10.00 that he got from Norwood. Later Norwood drove by and Williams and Draper went with him, allegedly with the intention of taking his money. They drove to a remote location where they allegedly forced Norwood out, bound and gagged him, robbed him and then beat him to death with a tire iron and a wrench and then fled the scene. Later on, Williams, who was 21 at the time, returned and burned the body, something he had attempted to do in an earlier crime.
Four days later a child who was out walking his dog discovered the burned remains. Williams and Draper were arrested two months later. Draper made a deal with the prosecutors, and pleaded guilty to second degree murder and criminal conspiracy. Williams was found guilty of first degree murder, robbery and conspiracy on February 3, 1986. He is now at the State Correctional Institution at Greene awaiting execution.
But the murder of Norwood was an expression of Williams’ dark side, the Mr. Hyde, according to his last appeal, which was argued from December 7, 2010 to March 9, 2011. Two earlier, extremely violent crimes were used as aggravating circumstances during his trial to secure the death penalty.
“As Dr, Jekyll, Williams was a local football star, the quarterback of the Germantown High School team that won the Philadelphia Public League championship in 1982,” wrote Judge D. Brooks Smith in the appellate decision. “He was presented with the sportsman of the year award by the Philadelphia Board of Sports Officials, and he was recruited by at least eight different collegiate institutions. Nearly all of Williams' coaches and teachers described him as mild-mannered, law-abiding, and honest. In 1983, Williams graduated from Germantown High and matriculated to Cheney State College in Philadelphia. In the estimation of one of his instructors, Williams was ‘highly respected and admired by his teacher[s] and all of his classmates.’ He was not only the star of the school's football team, but also a classmate and student who showed respect for others and accepted his popularity with modesty.”
That’s not the side of his nature he displayed on December 25, 1982. Court documents and investigative reports show that on the 1982 Christmas Eve, a then 16-year old Williams broke into the home of Don and Hilda Dorfman. Williams allegedly awoke Hilda Dorfman, 64, by pressing a .22 caliber Winchester rifle to her neck and covered her face with the bed sheet. Williams and an accomplice then allegedly robbed the couple and stole their car.
“He was released pending trial, however, and in January of 1984, he embarked in earnest on a crime spree that would continue for the better part of six months,” Judge Smith said in his appellate decision. “Williams' next victim was a 51-year-old man named Herbert Hamilton, an individual from whom Williams had been receiving money in exchange for sex. This relationship, like much else in Williams' life, was kept hidden from most who knew him. Hamilton apparently threatened to publicize the secret, so Williams took action, committing a murder that remained unsolved at the time he allegedly killed Norwood.
Action amounted to going to Hamilton’s home, and as the two were going to bed, Williams took out a ten-inch butcher knife and attempted to stab Hamilton. During a struggle in which Hamilton managed to take the knife, Williams took a nearby baseball bat and severely beat Hamilton before stabbing him twenty times.
“Finally, Williams drove the butcher knife through the back of Hamilton's neck until it protruded through the other side,” Judge Smith said. “He then doused Hamilton's body with kerosene and unsuccessfully attempted to set fire to it. When police officers later entered the apartment, they found Hamilton's kerosene-soaked body with the knife jammed through his neck; on the bathroom mirror, the phrase ‘I loved you’ was scrawled in toothpaste. Williams was then seventeen.”
It wasn’t until the Norwood killing that information about Williams’ connection with the Hamilton killing came out after Draper’s arrest. Nolan argues that Norwood had a sexual relationship with Williams that began when he was 13. She also said that Draper recanted his original testimony that Norwood was killed during a robbery; now he says the motive for the murder was the sexual abuse he suffered because of Norwood and the police coerced his earlier confession.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office politely declined to comment on the case.
Final testimonies were heard Monday Sept. 24 in the case of Terrance “Terry” Williams, a man convicted of murdering two people either during the course of robberies or in an uncontrollable rage stemming from years of sexual abuse.
Last Monday, the state’s Board of Pardons denied Williams’ application for clemency in a 3 to 2 vote. One of Williams’ defense attorneys, Shawn Nolan, Assistant Chief of the Capital Habeas Corpus Unit, Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has argued that Williams suffered years of both physical and sexual abuse. The victims, Amos Norwood, 56, and Herbert Hamilton, 50, were two of those alleged abusers. Assistant District Attorney Tom Dolgenos has counter argued that the allegations of sexual abuse are hearsay and have been raised years after Williams’ conviction as a last ditch effort to avoid execution.
“We are deeply disappointed that the Board of Pardons has denied Terry’s request for clemency,” Nolan said. “This is particularly disheartening after a majority of the Board, including the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, by a 3-2 vote, recommended to spare Terry’s life. Pennsylvania requires a unanimous recommendation in favor of clemency in order for clemency to be considered by the governor. In light of the fact that the Commonwealth’s top prosecutor has voted for clemency, we are deeply troubled that District Attorney Seth Williams continues to push for Terry’s execution. Williams, who considers himself an advocate and defender of victims of abuse, has allowed prosecutors to argue that evidence that Terry was abused since the age of 13 by the man he killed should not matter in deciding whether he lives or dies.”
After the Board’s decision, District Attorney Seth Williams said in a press release that Williams was trying to circumvent the judicial process. The allegations of sexual abuse are double hearsay and the defendant has a long history of violent behavior. It was that violence which led to the murders of both Norwood and Hamilton.
“From the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, through the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, to the United States District Court, to the United States court of Appeals, up to the United States Supreme Court, all upheld Williams’ death penalty conviction,” Williams said. “After 28 years of legal proceedings, Terrance Williams is trying to circumvent the judicial process by way of the pardons process. This effort is especially inappropriate in light of his violent history. The defendant has a long record of manipulative and malevolent behavior which eventually led to the deaths of two men. Now, as a last ditch effort to escape punishment for his crime, Williams is claiming he was raped by Amos Norwood the night before he killed Mr. Norwood. In the 28 years since the murder of Norwood, these new allegations only came to light just a few months ago, and he is not the one making the allegations. That is the striking thing about not just these new allegations, but about all of Williams’ allegations of sexual abuse: none of them came directly from Williams himself.”
The District Attorney said that Williams never testified under oath about all the abuse he supposedly suffered and never submitted an affidavit about it. The sexual abuse allegations have been offered through friends and experts who were “told” about the supposed abuse.
“This is not only hearsay; it is double hearsay, even triple hearsay in some instances,” Seth Williams said. “My office was able to reach Mr. Norwood’s daughter right before this hearing took place, and she expressed her desire that the original sentence be upheld, and that Terrance Williams be executed for the murder of her father. The defense was unable to convince the parole board to reach a unanimous decision in the case, and therefore clemency was denied.”
In order to grant clemency in a case, the Board would have had to reach a unanimous decision. As it now stands, Williams is scheduled to die on October 3. He will be the first person executed in Pennsylvania since Gary Heidnik was put to death in 1999.
The case against Williams started on June 11, 1984, when Amos Norwood was murdered. According to investigators, Williams and Marc Draper were gambling on a street corner and lost their money. Williams left the corner but later returned with $10 that he allegedly got from Norwood. Later Norwood drove by and Williams and Draper went with him, allegedly with the intention of taking his money. They drove to a cemetery where they allegedly forced Norwood out, bound and gagged him, robbed him and then beat him to death with a tire iron and a wrench and then fled. Later on, Williams returned and burned the body, something he allegedly attempted to do in the murder of Herbert Hamilton. Williams and Draper were arrested two months later. Draper made a deal with the prosecutors and pleaded guilty to second degree murder and criminal conspiracy. Williams was found guilty of first degree murder, robbery and conspiracy on February 3, 1986.
During the investigation two earlier, extremely violent crimes were brought to light and were used by the prosecutor, Andrea Foulkes, during Williams’ trial to secure the death penalty. Judge D. Brooks Smith heard arguments from Williams’ last appeal and upheld the death sentence. Judge Smith wrote that although Williams graduated from Germantown High, was an award winning athlete and a star quarterback at Cheyney University, he committed several other crimes and was functioning as a male prostitute, an aspect of his life he kept hidden. In January 1984, Williams allegedly murdered Hamilton by beating him with a baseball bat and then stabbing him more than twenty times with a butcher knife.
Investigators said Williams, who was 17 at the time, drove the butcher knife through the back of Hamilton’s neck until it protruded through the other side. He then doused Hamilton’s body with kerosene and unsuccessfully attempted to set fire to it. When police officers later entered the apartment, they found Hamilton’s kerosene-soaked body with the knife jammed through his neck; on the bathroom mirror, the phrase ‘I loved you’ was scrawled in toothpaste.
“Evidence of the actual motive for the killing would have made a difference at Terry’s trial and jurors have submitted sworn affidavits declaring that, now that they know all the facts, they support life in prison without parole over the death sentence for Terry Williams. The victim’s widow has also stated that she supports life without the possibility of parole,” Nolan said.
The furor over Court of Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina’s decision to grant a stay of execution for convicted double murderer Terrance Williams continued this week when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to allow Williams’ scheduled execution.
Williams would have received a lethal injection on Wednesday, but the high court refused a request by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office for the state to proceed with the execution. The Supreme Court upheld Sarmina’s earlier ruling that more time was needed to review whether or not crucial evidence that Williams had been sexually molested by his two victims was withheld by the prosecution.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said the Supreme Court would now be able to review all of the facts of the case. He said that the defendant deserved the death penalty for his brutal crimes.
“Although immediate review has been denied, the case will now proceed as a normal appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” Seth Williams said. “This is not the first time the prosecution has appealed a capital case, and it probably won’t be the last. As I have explained, I have been very selective about seeking the death penalty. But I continue to believe the defendant received an appropriate sentence and his new claims are not true. The Supreme Court will now have the time to look at all the facts.”
The district attorney lashed out at Judge Sarmina, saying her ruling “unjustly overturned” Terrance Williams’ well-deserved death sentence.
“The judge accuses police and prosecutors of suppressing evidence that the victim, 56 year-old Amos Norwood, may have had homosexual proclivities. That alleged evidence says the defendant could have supported his claim that he himself was abused by Norwood and that Norwood was an unsympathetic victim,” Seth Williams said. The defendant, Seth Williams said, tied Norwood up, gagged him with a sock and beat him to death with a tire iron. Afterward, Terrance Williams doused the body in gasoline and set it on fire, then went to Atlantic City and gambled with Norwood’s stolen credit cards.
“In her entire 45-minute ruling, the judge never once mentioned that Terrance Williams himself has never testified that he was abused,” Seth Williams said. “In fact, at his trial he took the stand and swore under oath that Mr. Norwood and he were total strangers, and that he had nothing to do with the murder. The judge also disregarded another crucial fact. The prosecution did turn over the only information it has ever possessed regarding a sex-for-hire relationship between the defendant and Mr. Norwood. Two witnesses told police that the defendant claimed Norwood was gay, that he was going to extort money from Norwood, and that Norwood had previously paid him on one occasion. The government gave the defense both of those statements – almost three decades ago.”
Seth Williams said the case went through every court, including the United States Supreme Court. The defendant’s death sentence was upheld every time.
Terrance Williams’ troubles started on June 11, 1984, when Amos Norwood was murdered. According to investigators, Williams and Marc Draper were gambling on a street corner and lost their money. Williams left the corner but later returned with $10 that he allegedly got from Norwood. Later, Norwood drove by and Williams and Draper went with him, with the intention of taking his money. They drove to a cemetery where they forced Norwood out, bound and gagged him, robbed him and then beat him to death with a tire iron and a wrench and then fled. Later on, Williams returned and burned the body, something he attempted to do in the murder of Herbert Hamilton. Williams and Draper were arrested two months later. Draper made a deal with the prosecutors and pleaded guilty to second degree murder and criminal conspiracy. Williams was found guilty of first degree murder, robbery and conspiracy on February 3, 1986.
The defendant’s attorney, Shawn Nolan praised the high court’s decision to uphold Sarmina’s ruling.
“We are extremely pleased that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has affirmed Judge Sarmina’s grant of a stay of execution and want to thank everyone supporting the effort to stop this execution,” said Nolan. “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has wisely decided to consider all of the evidence before making a final decision and we look forward to presenting our case in the coming months. After hearing multiple days of testimony and careful consideration of all the records, Judge Sarmina granted a stay of execution and found that the prosecution withheld critical evidence from the jury. As the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has now confirmed, Judge Sarmina’s grant of a stay was factually and legally sound. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office should stop its pursuit to execute Terry Williams.”
HARRISBURG — A death-row killer who could become the first person since 1999 to be executed in Pennsylvania lost a bid for clemency Monday before Pennsylvania’s Pardons Board.
Terrance “Terry” Williams now says he was sexually abused for years by the middle-aged man he beat to death in 1984 at the age of 18.
A unanimous vote was needed to recommend that Gov. Tom Corbett commute Williams’ sentence to life imprisonment, but two of the five board members voted no.
None of the board members, who include state Attorney General Linda Kelly and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, commented following the vote. Kelly favored clemency and Cawley opposed it.
During two hours of often-emotional arguments and testimony in the state Supreme Court chamber at the Capitol, witnesses drew comparisons to Jerry Sandusky’s victims in the Penn State child sex scandal to explain Williams’ reluctance to publicly disclose the abuse.
“Going forward with this execution would be morally wrong,” defense attorney Shawn Nolan told the pardons board.
Philadelphia prosecutors described Williams as a violent, calculating criminal who committed two robberies and another murder in a short period before he killed 56-year-old Amos Norwood with a tire iron, the crime for which he received the death penalty.
Tom Dolgenos, chief of federal litigation for the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, said Williams initially sought to pin the murder on others and did not raise the issue of sexual abuse until 1998.
“The seriousness of the situation runs both ways,” Dolgenos said.
Williams’ co-defendant, Marc Draper, came forward with more information about the sexual abuse in January, Nolan said. Draper, who cooperated with authorities and received a life sentence, alleged that police and prosecutors told him not to mention the sexual abuse when he testified against Williams and to focus instead on the alleged robbery motive.
Although Williams has exhausted his appeals, he could win a reprieve if his lawyers can prove that prosecutors at his 1986 trial withheld evidence or interfered with his defense. A Philadelphia judge has scheduled a hearing Thursday to hear testimony from Draper and the prosecutor at Williams’ trial.
Williams is scheduled to be executed Oct. 3.
Pennsylvania has executed only three men since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, and all of them chose to end their appeals. There are 200 people on death row in the state. -- (AP)