Williams now says he had been abused since he was 13 by Norwood, a chemist and deacon who often worked with disadvantaged boys through a church theater program.
Williams, a star high school quarterback from a troubled family, was secretly having sex with older men in exchange for money, clothes and gifts. He had killed 50-year-old Herb Hamilton five months earlier, when he was 17, in a gruesome, clearly sexual slaying. Foulkes herself had prosecuted Williams in that case, which raised the sex motive and resulted in a third-degree murder conviction.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, at an afternoon news conference, defended Foulkes and said Sarmina had "unfairly victimized" her.
"How in the world could the prosecutor have 'suppressed' information that was in the defendant's own head?" the district attorney asked.
He said he supports the death penalty in only "a tiny fraction" of cases, but puts Terry Williams in that group because he had "brutally" killed two men, lied on the stand and raised sex-abuse claims only years later.
Draper had long refused to talk to Terry Williams' appellate lawyers. But angry over a cooperation deal that left him with a life sentence, he agreed to talk this year. He testified Monday that he had told Foulkes and police about Williams' sexual relationship with Norwood, but they didn't want to hear it.
Sarmina ordered prosecutors to bring the original police files to court. Interview notes made by Foulkes and by police corroborated Draper's story.
Draper said he'd been promised a chance for parole after 10 or 15 years if he left out the sex motive. Instead, he got a life sentence which in Pennsylvania, means life without parole.
Foulkes had stated at trial that she had no side deals with Draper. Yet she later wrote a letter promising to confirm his cooperation if he was ever up for parole. Unbeknownst to Draper, that could only happen if his sentence was changed on appeal.
Foulkes' supervisors at the U.S. Attorney's Office, where she has spent the past 22 years, also came to her defense.