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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 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 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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March 26, 2009
Serafini offers amendment to death penalty bill ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Maryland lawmakers on Thursday approved limits to how the death penalty can be used, with supporters saying it will help protect innocent people from execution, but opponents calling the restrictions a practical end to capital punishment in Maryland. The measure, which was approved by the House of Delegates 87-52, restricts the death penalty to murder cases with biological evidence such as DNA, videotaped evidence of a murder or a videotaped confession.
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By STACEY DANZUSO | January 24, 2001
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The penalty phase of Michael Brandon Singley's trial began Wednesday with graphic visual and audio evidence against the Chambersburg man guilty of killing his cousin's wife and their neighbor in 1998. During the first day of testimony, the prosecution played a 911 call from the night of the Nov. 3, 1998, murders and a recorded statement from Singley the day after. The jury also was showed pictures of both victims, one bound with duct tape with a knife wound the length of her torso.
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