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Governor Signs Execution Warrant: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed an execution warrant for convicted murderer Michael Parrish.  Alison Burdo of NBC 10 reports that 28-year-old Parish was found guilty and sentenced to death in May 2012 for the murder of his girlfriend and their 19-month-old child.  Parrish is scheduled to die by lethal injection on October 14, 2014, Pennsylvania hasn't executed a death row inmate since July 1999.

Convicted Cop Killers Denied Parole: The Ohio Parole Board has once again denied release for two men convicted of murdering a Cincinnati Police Officer in 1978.  Brad Evans of WLWT News reports that both men were originally sentenced to death for the crime, but that sentence was reduced to life behind bars by the state's Supreme Court.  Both men will be eligible for parole again in May 2019.

CA High Court Upholds Death Sentence: In a unanimous ruling, California's Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding the death penalty verdict for convicted killer Gene McCurdy.  Lewis Griswold of the Fresno Bee reports that McCurdy was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering an 8-year-old girl nearly two decades ago.  McCurdy appealed his ruling based on the claim that statements given to detectives during the interview process should have been suppressed and that instructions given to the jury prior to sentencing were faulty.

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