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PA: Christopher Kennedy - Rendell signs execution warrant
Tue Sep 1, 2009 15:16

Posted on Mon, Aug. 31, 2009
Rendell signs execution warrant in Philly murder

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Rendell has signed an execution warrant for a
27-year-old North Philadelphia man convicted of killing a drug store
manager during a 2003 robbery.

Christopher Kennedy was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery
and sentenced to death in August 2004.

Authorities said he and several accomplices held up a Rite Aid store
on Jan. 19, 2003. Prosecutors said Kennedy shot 35-year-old Michael
Richardson in the leg and dragged him into an office where safes were
located, and later killed him as the father of four prayed and begged
for his life. Three accomplices were sentenced to life in prison.

Rendell has signed 97 death warrants, but no executions have been
carried out during his administration. Three people have been
executed since the state reinstated the death penalty nearly 30 years
ago. All had voluntarily ended their appeals.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly. com

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