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Judge's Ruling On Pa. Condemned Man Due Friday

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A Philadelphia judge plans to announce whether she'll halt the first execution in Pennsylvania since 1999.

Terrance "Terry" Williams is on death row for killing a church deacon and a high school sports booster as a teenager.

Williams now says both men were sexually abusing him. And his lawyers say prosecutors hid that evidence from the jury that sentenced him to death in 1986.

Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina is weighing new evidence on the alleged sex-abuse motive as she decides whether to block the execution.

Her ruling, which will be announced on Friday, is expected to be immediately appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the state Board of Pardons is separately considering a clemency petition after hearing a new round of arguments Thursday.

The 46-year-old Williams is set to be executed on Wednesday.

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