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Will Pennsylvania Execute a Man Who Killed His Abusers? by Liliana Segura

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Eighteen-year-old Terrance Williams 'did not fit the mold of a typical street criminal,' the Philadelphia Inquirer reported in September of 1984. 'He was a bright, talented college student, former star quarterback of the Germantown High School football team. His friends, teachers, coaches and neighbors could not believe that he would be involved in murder, or any sordid activity.' Yet Williams, who is African-American, had committed two grisly killings. One victim, the Inquirer reported, was 50-year-old Herbert Hamilton, who had been found naked, with a knife through his throat, on his kitchen floor. The other, Amos Norwood, who led the altar boys and directed the Youth Theater Fellowship at Philadelphia's St. Luke's Episcopal Church, had been beaten with a tire iron, set on fire, and left in a cemetery. 'The problem I find with you, Mr. Williams, is you are a Jekyll and Hyde...

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