Philadelphia cop-killers crowd death row

Posted: October 04, 2010

Philadelphia has sent more cop-killers to death row than any other Pennsylvania jurisdiction since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978.

If Rasheed Scrugs, 35, is convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for killing Officer John Pawlowski, he will join seven other men who are waiting to be lethally injected for murdering Philadelphia police officers.

According to the state Department of Corrections, the condemned are:

* Lewis Jordan, a/k/a John Jordan Lewis, 24, for the gunshot murder of Officer Chuck Cassidy during an Oct. 31, 2007, robbery of a Dunkin' Donuts.

Sentence date: Nov. 24, 2009.

* Christopher Roney, 40, for the gunshot murder of Officer Lauretha Vaird during a Jan. 2, 1996, bank robbery.

Sentence date: March 3, 1997.

* Bortella Borgela Philisten, 36, for the gunshot murder of Officer Robert Hayes during a June 16, 1993, traffic stop. Officer John Marynowitz was critically wounded.

Sentence date: Feb. 9, 1995.

* Edward Bracey, 47, for the gunshot murder of rookie Officer Daniel R. Boyle on Feb. 4, 1991.

Sentence date: Oct. 5, 1992.

* Ronald Gibson, 43, for the gunshot murders of Officer Frederick Dukes and Vernae Nixon during the robbery of a tavern on Dec. 24, 1990.

Sentence date: Feb. 10, 1995.

* Leslie Beasley, 59, for the gunshot murders of Officer Ernest Davis on July 16, 1980, and Keith Singleton on April 13, 1980.

Sentence date: Aug. 12, 1981.

* Mumia Abu-Jamal, 56, for the gunshot murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981.

Sentence date: May 25, 1983.

- Mensah M. Dean

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