Five days before his execution, a state judge found that prosecutors withheld evidence from Williams’ capital murder trial in 1986, including evidence the victim in that case was molesting teen boys. Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina tossed out Williams’ death sentence on Friday but upheld his first-degree murder conviction.
If her ruling stands, a new jury could again condemn Williams to death, or sentence him to life without parole.
Williams, 46, has been on death row for nearly three decades. He would have been the first person executed in Pennsylvania in 50 years who had not given up his appeals.
(Thanks: MaryClaire Dale)