High court sends teen killer back to death row in 1984 slaying of deacon, alleged molester



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PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence of a man who killed a church deacon as a teen and later said the victim sexually abused him.

The ruling comes after a Philadelphia judge took Terrance "Terry" Williams off death row days before a 2012 execution date.

Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina had granted a new sentencing hearing after concluding that prosecutors hid evidence the victim was molesting teen boys.

But the Supreme Court ruling Monday says Williams perjured himself when he claimed not to know 56-year-old deacon Amos Norwood.

The court says Williams could have offered the alleged abuse as a mitigating factor at trial.

Trial prosecutor Andrea Foulkes says Wednesday she feels vindicated by the court's opinion. Federal public defender Shawn Nolan says the defense is considering other appeals.

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