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Governor Corbett signs death warrant in police officer's death

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 29, 2014 1:32 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett has signed an execution warrant for a man convicted of first-degree murder in the 2007 shooting death of an off-duty Philadelphia police officer.

Twenty-seven-year-old Lewis Jordan was sentenced to death by a Philadelphia jury in 2009.

He was convicted of fatally shooting 54-year-old police Officer Chuck Cassidy when the off-duty officer interrupted Jordan's robbery of a Dunkin' Donuts.

The death warrant signed  by Corbett sets the execution for June 18, though that is likely to be delayed by appeals.

Gary Heidnik was the last person executed in Pennsylvania in 1999, after he voluntarily ended his appeals.

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