Governor Rendell signs off on six Executions

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Governor Ed Rendell signed off on six more executions, this brings the total to 119 during his two terms in office. None of the folks have been put to death during Rendell’s watch.
In one of his final acts as governor, Governor Edward G. Rendell today wrote to the General Assembly to urge legislators to review the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s death penalty.  Below are the six that were just added to the list.
  • Lavar Brown, of Philadelphia County, who was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2005. Brown, 33, shot and killed Robert Crawford in December 2003. He is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford. His execution date is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2.
  • William H. Housman, 35, for strangling and killing Leslie White in September 2000. Housman, of Cumberland County, was convicted in November 2001. He is a prisoner at SCI Greene and is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 24.
  • Kareem Johnson, 26, of Philadelphia County. Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder in June 2007 for the shooting death of Walter Smith in December 2002. Johnson is held at SCI Graterford. His execution date is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8.
  • Milton Montalvo, of York County, for two counts of first-degree murder. Montalvo, age 48, stabbed his estranged common-law wife, Miriam Ascencio, and her friend, Nelson Lugo, to death in April 1998. He was convicted in January 2000. Montalvo is an inmate at SCI Greene. His execution date is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23.
  • Christopher Smith, 29, of Philadelphia County, for the December 2002 shooting death of Rasheed Grant. He was convicted in May 2005. Smith’s execution is scheduled for Thursday, March 3. He is a prisoner at SCI Greene.
  • Ernest R. Wholaver Jr., 50, for killing his wife and two daughters on Dec. 24, 2002. Wholaver, of Dauphin County, was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to die in August 2004. He is a prisoner at SCI Greene.  His execution date is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1.

In one of his final acts as governor, Governor Edward G. Rendell today wrote to the General Assembly to urge legislators to review the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s death penalty.

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