Judge halts execution of convicted Philadelphia murderer
A county judge on Tuesday stayed the execution of a Philadelphia man convicted in the 1997 shooting death of another man.
Jose DeJesus, 27, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection June 27. The order issued by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Peter F. Rogers will give DeJesus additional time to pursue an appeal.
DeJesus, an inmate at Greene state prison, was sentenced to death for killing Carlos Martinez. The state Supreme Court upheld his sentence in August 2005.
There were 217 men and 5 women on Pennsylvania's death row as of June 1, according to the Department of Corrections. The 3 men executed in Pennsylvania since the state's death penalty was reinstated in 1978 all ended their appeals voluntarily.
(source: Associated Press)
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