Corbett Signs Execution Warrant for Convicted Cop Killer

Pennsylvania has not executed anyone since 1999. All executions in the state are done by lethal injection.

Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed the execution warrant for convicted cop killer Lewis M. Jordan. He is set to be executed on June 18.

Jordan was convicted in November 2009 of the first-degree murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Charles Cassidy in October 2007.

Pennsylvania has not executed anyone since 1999, when Gary M. Heidnik was executed for the murders of Deborah Dudley and Sandra Lindsay. 

There are 190 people currently on death row in the state. 

Jordan, 27, is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene. He will be executed by lethal injection.

According to case information from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Jordan was on a six-week armed robbery spree targeting North Philadelphia businesses when, on Oct. 31, 2007, he robbed a Dunkin Donuts on North Broad Street.

Jordan was interrupted by Officer Cassidy, a 25-year veteran, who drew his service weapon. Jordan shot Cassidy in the head with hollow-point bullets before fleeing the scene. 

Cassidy was taken to Albert Einstein Hospital, where he was pronounced dead the following morning.

Jordan was subsequently arrested in Miami and was extradited to Pennsylvania to stand trial. He was convicted on Nov. 24, 2009.

Jeff McLaughlin May 04, 2014 at 07:37 AM
Another part of one-term Governor Corbett's stellar legacy; maybe PA can achieve the same worldwide ridicule that Oklahoma has earned for its shameful botching of state-endorsed murder.
Thomas Shannon May 04, 2014 at 08:51 AM
I'm not religious, that said, doesn't your bible say an eye for an eye. This creep killed a cop. So he should be killed the same way, a bullet to the head.
Betty Smith May 04, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Actually that quote is from the Old Testament. The New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), the teachings of Christ, as in Christian, says: Those without sin cast the first stone.
LeRoy May 05, 2014 at 07:43 PM
I'm not taking a position on whether capital punishment should be eliminated (I'm still undecided), but I wanted to make a couple of points. First, regarding the quote "Capital punishment completely eliminates recidivism"... so does life in prison without parole. Unlike in the past, life without the possibility of parole means just that--the prisoner will never be set free from prison. Secondly, the execution process does cost much more than keeping a prisoner locked-up for life. This is in-part due to the fact that our prisons are for profit institutions. That being the case, those who run the prisons have every incentive to do whatever they can to maximize profits.
dwayne roberson May 05, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Life in prison means we get to watch Mumia carry his shoebox around as he plays lawyer. If not for him Danny Faulkner would be enjoying retirement with his family right about now.


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