HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Ed Rendell signed warrants on Wednesday for the execution of two men convicted in different double-murder cases.
Lester Fletcher, 38, of Philadelphia, was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Aug. 15 and Samuel B. Randolph, 34, of Harrisburg, on Aug. 17. Both men are inmates at the Greene state prison.
Randolph was convicted in the September 2001 shootings in a Harrisburg bar that killed Thomas R. Easter and Anthony C. Burton and wounded five other people. Police say the killings capped a running feud between Randolph and the victims.
Fletcher was convicted in the February 2001 killings of David Otto and Kenneth Schofield. Fletcher shot the men and wounded another man in a dispute over drugs and money at Otto's and Schofield's Philadelphia home.
Rendell has now signed 57 execution warrants, but no executions have been carried out since he became governor in January 2003.
As of June 1, 222 men and women were on the state's death row, according to the Department of Corrections.
Pennsylvania has executed three people since reinstating the death penalty 28 years ago. All three voluntarily ended their appeals.