Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Human Rights: PA Governor signs his 101st execution warrant

Richard Scott Baumhammers

Governor Edward G. Rendell today signed execution warrants for Richard Scott Baumhammers, 44, and Angel Luis Reyes, 64.

On April 28, 2000, Baumhammers murdered five people during a two-hour hate crime rampage throughout the Pittsburgh region. He specifically targeted victims who were Jewish, Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and African-American. He was found guilty of the five first-degree murder charges in May 2001.

Baumhammers is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene.

Reyes was sentenced to death in January 1994 for drowning his 4-year-old daughter, Marcia Reyes, in November 1993. He is an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford.

Reyes' execution by lethal injection is set for Tuesday, March 16. Baumhammers' is set for Thursday, March 18.

With the warrants signed today, Governor Rendell has now signed 101 execution warrants.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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