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September 1, 2009 | Inquirer staff
Gov. Rendell signed an execution warrant yesterday for a North Philadelphia man who in 2003 executed the manager of a Rite Aid store during a robbery. Christopher Kennedy, 27, who had resided on the 1000 block of West Thompson Street, was sentenced on Aug. 1, 2004, to death after conviction of first-degree murder, robbery and other offenses. The state Supreme Court affirmed the sentence in November, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Kennedy's appeal in May. According to testimony, on Jan. 19, 2003, Kennedy and several accomplices held up the Rite Aid at 12th Street and Girard Avenue.
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August 4, 2011
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett signed an execution warrant Wednesday for Robert Anthony Flor, who killed a Bucks County police officer and wounded two other people in 2005. Flor, of Bedminster, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in October 2006 for killing Newtown Borough Officer Brian Gregg, 46. He also shot another police officer and an emergency medical technician at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township, where he was taken after a drunken-driving stop Sept. 29, 2005.
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July 19, 2013 | DAILY NEWS WIRE SERVICES
GOV. CORBETT yesterday signed an execution warrant for Harve Lamar Johnson, convicted of brutally beating 2-year-old Darisabel Baez to death in York in 2008. The girl died April 7, 2008, the day after police were called to the West Philadelphia Street home she shared with her mother, Neida Baez and Johnson, who was Baez's live-in boyfriend. Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in 2009 by a jury that determined Darisabel's beating amounted to torture.
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March 5, 1988 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
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March 7, 1988 | By MARK McDONALD, Daily News Staff Writer
Death penalty proponents and opponents agree on one thing - Roderick H. Frey, a former truck driver convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his wife - almost certainly will not be executed during the week of June 13. On Friday, Gov. Casey signed his first execution warrant, setting Frey's execution for the week of June 13 and noting Frey, a Lancaster County man who paid two men $5,000 to kill his estranged wife in 1979, had lost two...
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June 3, 1989 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
A federal judge in Philadelphia yesterday postponed the execution of convicted wife-killer Roderick H. Frey of Lancaster without even asking how the county prosecutor felt about a delay. Frey, 52, a former truck driver, was scheduled to die in the electric chair on June 13 in what would have been the first state-authorized execution in 27 years. This is the second time in a year a court blocked Frey's execution within two weeks of his scheduled death. Last June, the state Supreme Court halted his execution less than a week before it was to take place.
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November 23, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Corbett on Friday signed an execution warrant for the man convicted of killing Philadelphia Police Officer Lauretha Vaird in a 1996 bank robbery. Christopher Roney's execution date was set for Jan. 8 - almost exactly 19 years to the day since Vaird was shot while responding to a robbery at a PNC Bank in Feltonville. The death warrant is Corbett's 41st signed since he assumed office. The governor also signed warrants for two other men, according to a statement from his office.
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July 19, 2013 | DAILY NEWS WIRE SERVICES
GOV. CORBETT yesterday signed an execution warrant for Harve Lamar Johnson, convicted of brutally beating 2-year-old Darisabel Baez to death in York in 2008. The girl died April 7, 2008, the day after police were called to the West Philadelphia Street home she shared with her mother, Neida Baez and Johnson, who was Baez's live-in boyfriend. Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in 2009 by a jury that determined Darisabel's beating amounted to torture.
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November 24, 2011
Gov. Corbett has signed an execution warrant for Ralph "Hakim" Birdsong, a Philadelphia man convicted in 1989 of two murders and a rape. Corbett acted after the state Supreme Court in May rejected Birdsong's most recent appeal. However, Birdsong is now seeking a review of his conviction in federal court. Executions in Pennsylvania are rare - the last was in 1999. Birdsong, now 50, was angry over a fire in his girlfriend's apartment caused by people freebasing cocaine, and, carrying a .45-caliber revolver and shotgun, he opened fire in a West Oak Lane rowhouse on July 17, 1988.
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September 5, 2009
Obey the law, or maybe not Due to the blatant disregard by so many drivers regarding motor-vehicle laws, the following street signs need modification: STOP, ONE WAY, WRONG WAY, NO U TURN, NO PASSING ZONE, YIELD, 4 WAY STOP, DO NOT ENTER, LEFT ON GREEN ARROW ONLY, NO TURN ON RED, REDUCED SPEED AHEAD, SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT, and NO RIGHT TURN ON RED. These signs should have the following words added: THIS IS ONLY A SUGGESTION....
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December 2, 2004 | By Amy Worden and Larry Fish INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court halted the execution of George Banks yesterday, effectively voiding the third death warrant served against the man who murdered 13 people in 1982. One day before Banks was scheduled to die for the Wilkes-Barre killings, the court ordered a lower court to determine whether Banks, a 62-year-old former prison guard, is mentally competent. The amount of legal preparation required would make it impossible to hold such a hearing before the execution warrant, signed by Gov. Rendell in October, expires at midnight tonight, state officials said.
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October 13, 1998 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Someone yells "cups up!" at 6:30 a.m. and another long day starts on Pennsylvania's death row. Coffee, juice, breakfast, all meals go through waist-high slots on single-cell doors. Inmates don't go to the dining hall, don't have cellmates, don't have more than an hour or two a day outside these cells. They do, however, have time. Lots of it. For despite tough-talking politicians, all-Republican control of government and reported public support for capital punishment, Pennsylvania is not killing people on death row. Only two inmates have been put to death since 1962 - and both asked to die. No one has been executed since 1995.
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