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by TAMELA BAKER | August 11, 2005
WASHINGTON tammyb@herald-mail.com U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said Wednesday she will press for a review of regulations for military burials as a result of the inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery of the remains of a man convicted in the 1994 killings of a Hagerstown couple. Mikulski's office was contacted this week by the victims' son, Vernon G. Davis of Hagerstown. "My thoughts and prayers go out to the Davis family; this is obviously a difficult time for them," Mikulski said in a statement to The Herald-Mail.
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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 | March 7, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. Convicted double-murderer Michael Singley was granted a stay of execution Friday by U.S. Middle District Court Judge John E. Jones III. Singley, who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection April 6, is on death row for the Nov. 3, 1998, rape and murder of Christine Rohrer, 23, at her Elder Street home. "Not only is it not unexpected, it's virtually automatic upon the initial request for counsel," Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson said of the stay.
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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 | 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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by KAREN HANNA | August 8, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - The man accused of fatally shooting a correctional officer at Washington County Hospital had undergone surgery the day before to remove a sewing needle from his stomach, according to hospital records. The records subpoenaed by the Washington County State's Attorney indicate that Brandon Travon Morris, 20, declined pain medication during a nurse's check Jan. 26 just hours before police allege he shot the Roxbury Correctional Institution officer who was guarding him. Jeffery Alan Wroten, 44, of Martinsburg, W.Va.
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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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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 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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February 1, 2008
A few thoughts on local issues: The judge who sentenced convicted murderer Brandon Morris to life without parole called him "an evil man," but didn't impose the death penalty in order to spare the family of the late Jeffery Wroten the anguish of an almost-certain second trial. Judge Joseph P. Manck who said he "went through the nightmare" himself when his mother was killed more than a dozen years ago, told the family of the slain correctional officer that all death penalty cases are automatically reviewed by Maryland's highest court.
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