Execution date set for Mark Spotz for murder of York County woman

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Nov 13, 2012 5:30 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett has signed an execution warrant for a man who went on a four-county killing spree 17 years ago before he was captured in the midstate.

When Mark Spotz was on the loose, people across central Pennsylvania were, simply put, afraid.

Over four days in late January and early February 1995, he killed four people in cold-blood -- his brother and three women who he chose at random.

Spotz was captured at a Carlisle motel. He was tried and convicted seperately in Schuylkill County for the murder of June Ohlinger, Penny Gunnet's shooting death in York, Betty Amstutz's murder in Dauphin County and his brother Dustin's shooting death in Clearfield County.

The execution warrant is for the murder of Gunnet, who was carjacked while on her way to work and then shot.

The 41-year-old Spotz is currently at the State Correctional Institution at Greene. His execution for Gunnet's murder has been scheduled for January 8th.

*This story was corrected on 11/14/12  at 8:49 a.m.

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