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Monday, March 10, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Stephen Rex Edminston: Child Rapist and Murderer Scheduled for Pennsylvania Execution

     Governor Tom Corbett has signed a death warrant ordering a western Pennsylvania man be executed for the rape and murder of a 2-year-old girl in 1988. Stephen Rex Edminston, 55, has maintained his innocence since he was convicted in 1989 in the abduction of Bobbi Jo Matthew from her Clearfield County home.

     Edminston…allegedly told police, "You'll find a dead, raped little girl" after drawing a map that marked the spot in northern Cambria County where her remains were found. Attorneys with the Defender Association of Philadelphia contend the girl was actually run over.

     The death warrant sets the execution date for April 16, 2014 though that's likely to be delayed by more appeals. Gary Heidnik became the last person executed in Pennsylvania in 1999, after he voluntarily ended his appeals.

"Governor Signs Death Warrant," Associated Press, February 22, 2014 

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