December 13, 2007
Gov. Rendell yesterday signed the death warrant for Derrick G. Ragan, 36, of Philadelphia, who in 1992 was sentenced to die for the slaying two years earlier of 22-year-old Darren Brown. Ragan's execution by lethal injection was set for Feb. 7. Ragan shot Brown 13 times after a June 26, 1990, argument over who could use a basketball court at the Tustin playground in West Philadelphia, according to a news release from Rendell's office. Ragan has been an inmate at Graterford state prison since July 1991.
April 16, 2004 |
A death warrant was signed yesterday for Arthur Bomar, convicted of the slaying of 22-year-old college lacrosse and soccer champion Aimee Willard. Bomar, 45, was sentenced to death six years ago for the 1996 kidnapping, rape and murder of Willard, who disappeared while heading home to Brookhaven from a Main Line bar. The warrant, the 17th signed by Gov. Rendell, orders Bomar's execution by lethal injection on June 10. The state Supreme Court upheld Bomar's death sentence in 2003 but ordered a lower court to resentence Bomar on convictions of rape, kidnapping and abuse of corpse.
March 18, 1989 |
Gov. Casey yesterday signed a death warrant against Frederick Maxwell, who was convicted of robbing and murdering an encyclopedia salesman after luring him to his Olney home nearly 10 years ago. Maxwell, 52, became "weak and a little shaky, rubbery-legged" about an hour after learning that he faces death in the electric chair on Sept. 19 and was taken to the Graterford Prison infirmary, according to Kenneth Robinson, a spokesman for the state Corrections Department. He said Maxwell, who has a history of heart problems, showed "fluctuating" blood pressure and electrocardiogram readings but apparently suffered no serious ailment.
May 13, 1999 |
Gov. Ridge has once again signed a death warrant and scheduled an execution for sex-torture-killer Gary Heidnik, who held six women captive and savagely murdered two of them in his North Philadelphia home more than a dozen years ago. Ridge set July 6 as the date for Heidnik's death by lethal injection. Deputy Philadelphia DA and Chief of Homicide Charles Gallagher, who originally prosecuted Heidnik, said his office "is gratified the long course of prosecution is reaching a conclusion . . .we believe it's proper for the sentence to be carried out. " Heidnik's lawyer, Robert Dunham, of the Center for Legal Education, Advocacy and Defense Assistance, said appeals were pending and more will follow.
June 17, 1994 |
Gov. Casey, under fire from many state lawmakers for not signing death warrants fast enough, has signed the death warrant of a Philadelphia man convicted of killing a Graterford prison guard in 1979. Casey yesterday set the week of Aug. 14 for the death by lethal injection of Benjamin Terry, also known as Samuel Terry, 44, an inmate at the Pittsburgh state prison. The warrant was released after normal business hours. The signing comes just two days after the state Senate narrowly missed an override attempt on a bill Casey vetoed to speed state executions.
August 10, 2012 |
Thirteen years after Pennsylvania last executed a person, a 46-year-old former Philadelphia man has been ordered put to death by lethal injection Oct. 3. The death warrant for Terrance Williams - convicted in a 1984 robbery-murder when he was an 18-year-old college freshman - was signed Thursday by Gov. Corbett. Experts say Williams' execution is likely to happen. He has exhausted three appellate avenues through state and federal courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last appeal June 29. Williams' only legal hope is an emergency petition asking a Philadelphia judge to stay execution based on newly discovered evidence that Williams had been sexually molested throughout his life - including for a dozen years by the man he murdered.
March 5, 1988 |
Gov. Casey signed an execution warrant yesterday for a man convicted in the death of his wife, restarting a process that could result in the first death in Pennsylvania's electric chair in 26 years. Casey set the week of June 13 for the execution of Roderick H. Frey, 51, a Lancaster County truck driver, who was convicted of first-degree murder for hiring two men in 1979 to kill his wife, Barbara Jean. Frey received the death sentence March 20, 1981. The warden at the state prison in Rockview, Centre County, where the death penalty is to be carried out, will set the exact day of Frey's execution.
September 23, 1994 |
Gov. Casey signed a death warrant yesterday that sets the week of Dec. 4 for the execution of Steven Duffey, who was convicted of first-degree murder for a 1984 robbery slaying in Lackawanna County. Duffey, 33, was found guilty of the stabbing death of Kathy Kurimchak, 20, at a restaurant in Dickson City where both worked. Duffey stabbed her 30 times after he took money and a watch from her. He was sentenced to death in 1986, and the sentence was upheld by the state Supreme Court in 1988.
April 13, 1994 |
After an angry confrontation outside his Capitol office yesterday, Gov. Casey agreed to meet with those who want to free convicted killer Mumia Abu Jamal and those who want him put to death. The former Philadelphia radio reporter, convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, is on death row at Huntingdon State Prison. Over the last 13 years, his case has become a cause - both for people who believe he was wrongly convicted and for people who want him executed for the slaying.