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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 1, 2009
SMITHSBURG -- Told that Douglas Pryor had pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two people, Merry Lehman of Leitersburg didn't hesitate. "He is guilty and thank God he did the right thing (by pleading)," she said while shopping in Smithsburg. Others had similar reactions to the conclusion of the case 17 months after Alison Munson, Pryor's ex-girlfriend, was stabbed to death and Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson was fatally shot. Pryor admitted Friday he killed Nicholson and Munson.
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by DON AINES | February 16, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. chambersburg@herald-mail.com Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell earlier this week signed an execution warrant for Michael B. Singley, convicted in a 1998 double murder in Chambersburg, but it is unlikely he will die by lethal injection April 6. "Based on Pennsylvania's track record, I don't think the odds are real great it will be carried out on that date," Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson said Wednesday....
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By DON AINES | May 4, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson filed notice Tuesday that Michael Brandon Singley could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the killings of two people last November. Singley, 22, of 1125 E. Brandon Drive, Chambersburg, is scheduled for mandatory arraignment today on two counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of Christine Rohrer and James Gilliam. He is also charged with two counts of attempted homicide and felony counts of criminal trespass and theft.
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By DON AINES | February 12, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- In November, Michael B. Singley filed a petition with Franklin County Court to end appeals of his death penalty. The convicted murderer has since changed his mind, and he was in court Thursday asking to withdraw his earlier petition. "I filed that to be executed because I didn't think I would get any help" in prison, Singley said in a hearing before President Judge Douglas W. Herman. "I just ... felt I wanted to die. " "He doesn't want to die anymore," Assistant District Attorney Laura Kerstetter said after the hearing.
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July 15, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Mark Johnson told a Jefferson County judge Monday that he never intended to kidnap a Gaithersburg, Md., man, because he thought the man was dead. "I just want the people to know there was no meditation to kidnap this man. We thought he was dead. We thought we were just hauling his body," Johnson said before he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars. A Jefferson County jury found Mark Johnson guilty in June of kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder and recommended he be sentenced to life without a chance for parole.
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By DON AINES | June 1, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The murder convictions and death sentence of Albert Reid will be appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after Franklin County President Judge John R. Walker denied post-trial motions for a new trial and modification of sentence. Reid, 50, was sentenced to die by lethal injection in October after a jury convicted him of the murders of his estranged wife, Carla Reid, 36, of Chambersburg, and her 14-year-old daughter, Deidra Moore. Both were shot in the head as they slept in their Sollenberger Road home on Dec. 27, 1996.
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By DON AINES | October 14, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Yellowed with age on the wall of the Kittochtinny Historical Society's board room is a framed newspaper article about the last man executed in Franklin County, Pa. William F. Reed was hanged in the exercise yard of the Old Jail on East King Street on April 30, 1912, for the shooting of his lover, Sarah Mathna. The gallows is still there. --cont. from front page -- "Reed was calm, smiling and cool to the very last minute," according to the article, which described the hanging in great detail.
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August 6, 1999
Bear struck by car on Interstate 81 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 250-pound black bear was struck by a car as the animal was trying to cross Interstate 81 Thursday afternoon, according to West Virginia State Police. The bear was struck in the northbound lane near the Winchester Avenue exit about 4:30 p.m., according to police. A Berkeley County Animal control officer tranquilized the bear after it was struck. A veterinarian administered a lethal injection to the bear after the doctor determined it was too badly injured to survive, police said.
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June 14, 2010
DRAPER, Utah (AP) -- A condemned Utah inmate has lost his bid for clemency from a state parole board, making his execution by firing squad on Friday more likely than ever. Ronnie Lee Gardner had asked the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole to show mercy and commuted his death sentence to life in prison without parole. The board denied the request on a unanimous vote, chairman Curtis Garner said Monday at hearing inside the Utah State Prison. In its written rationale, the board said the jury's verdict imposing Gardner's death sentence 25 years ago was not inappropriate and that no sufficient reason exists to grant clemency or to commute the convicted killer's sentence.
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By PEPPER BALLARD | September 20, 2006
HAGERSTOWN The trial for an inmate charged with murder in the death a Roxbury Correctional Institution officer will be moved out of Washington County. Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III granted Brandon T. Morris' request for a change of venue during a motions hearing Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court. Morris' attorneys argued that pretrial publicity and a large number of employees at state prisons in the county and Washington County Hospital would prevent Morris from getting a fair trial here.
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