The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 3, 2012

State death-row inmate awaits word on execution


Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's Corrections Department says it is prepared to execute a condemned inmate if the courts give the go-ahead.

A Philadelphia judge has stayed Wednesday's scheduled execution of 46-year-old Terrance "Terry" Williams and granted him a new hearing to determine whether his sentenced should be reduced to life imprisonment as he has requested.

But Williams' death warrant remains in effect until midnight and Philadelphia prosecutors have appealed to the state Supreme Court, which could put the execution back on track.

Sue McNaughton, a spokeswoman for the Corrections Department, won't say whether Williams has been transferred to Rockview state prison in Bellefonte, where executions by lethal injection are carried out.

But she says the department is "in a posture to carry out the sentence" if the stay is lifted.