Execution warrant signed for cop killer

Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed a death war­rant for the con­victed mur­der­er of Phil­adelphia cop and North­east res­id­ent Chuck Cas­sidy.

Corbett ordered Lewis M. Jordan, 27, to be ex­ecuted on June 18 by leth­al in­jec­tion. Jordan re­mains im­prisoned at SCI Greene in the south­west­ern corner of Pennsylvania. His death war­rant was the 32nd signed by Corbett dur­ing his three years, three months in of­fice. Pennsylvania’s most re­cent ex­e­cu­tion in­volved North Philly seri­al killer Gary Heidnik in Ju­ly 1999.

Jordan murdered Cas­sidy dur­ing the killer’s armed rob­bery of a Dunkin’ Donuts on North Broad Street on Oct. 31, 2007. Jordan was con­victed by a Com­mon Pleas Court jury, then sen­tenced to death by the same jury on Nov. 24, 2009.

The slay­ing oc­curred at about 10:30 a.m. at 6620 N. Broad St. The dough­nut shop had been one of sev­er­al area busi­nesses robbed in the weeks pri­or. Cas­sidy, of the 35th dis­trict, made an un­sched­uled stop at the busi­ness as part of a rob­bery pre­ven­tion ini­ti­at­ive.

As the of­ficer walked through the front door, he im­me­di­ately no­ticed a rob­bery in pro­gress, crouched and reached for his gun. Jordan was stand­ing at the cash­ier’s counter when Cas­sidy ar­rived. He im­me­di­ately turned to face the door and took steps to­ward the of­ficer while rais­ing his own gun and fir­ing a hol­low-point bul­let in­to the of­ficer’s fore­head. Jordan fled the scene. Cas­sidy died at an area hos­pit­al the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

Po­lice later learned that Jordan had been on a six-week rob­bery spree tar­get­ing North Philly busi­nesses, in­clud­ing the same dough­nut shop on one pri­or oc­ca­sion. Re­l­at­ives aided in the killer’s dis­ap­pear­ance and es­cape to Flor­ida, but au­thor­it­ies in Miami found him in a home­less shel­ter and ar­res­ted him.

Pennsylvania has ex­ecuted three con­victs since 1962, the last year that the state em­ployed the elec­tric chair. In 1990, Bob Ca­sey changed the state’s meth­od of ex­e­cu­tion to leth­al in­jec­tion. Two mur­der­ers were put to death in 1995, fol­lowed by Heidnik four years later. Pennsylvania has 190 death row pris­on in­mates. ••

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