Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has signed a death warrant for Philadelphia rapper Cool C. Born Christopher Roney, the “Glamorous Life” rapper has been jailed since being convicted of shooting and killing a police officer during a bank robbery in Philly in 1996.
The Times Leader reports that Corbett signed the execution warrant on Friday (Nov. 21).
YourErie.com has a breakdown of the attempted bank robbery that led to a police officer’s murder:
Roney, now 44, was found guilty of first-degree murder, among other charges, by a jury on October 30, 1996, and the jury returned a death verdict on November 1, 1996 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.
On January 2, 1996, at approximately 8:20 a.m., Roney along with two others, Ernest Canty and Warren McGlone, attempted to rob a PNC Bank at 4710 Rising Sun Avenue in Philadelphia. As the assistant manager arrived for work, Canty grabbed her and the bank manager and forced them into the bank at gunpoint. Moments later, Roney grabbed the head teller of the bank as she arrived.
Police were notified of the robbery attempt by a nearby business and Officer Lauretha Vaird, a nine-year veteran with the police department, was the first officer to arrive on scene. As she entered the bank in uniform, Roney fired a fatal shot into her abdomen. As additional officers arrived, the men fled the scene.
Based upon eyewitness statements and identifications, Roney was arrested and charged with the murder of Officer Vaird. His accomplices were arrested and subsequently confessed to their participation in the robbery.
McGlone is fellow OG Philly rapper Steady B, who is currently serving a life sentence for his involvement.
Currently incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene in Pennsylvania, Roney’s execution is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2015.
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