Corbett grants reprieve to condemned killer

    A prisoner on Pennsylvania’s death row who was scheduled to be executed this month has won a temporary reprieve.

    Gov. Tom Corbett signed the reprieve for Hubert Michael Jr. on Friday to allow the Department of Corrections to complete its acquisition of drugs necessary to carry out the lethal injections that are mandated by state law.

    Michael was slated to be executed on Sept. 22 for the 1993 murder of 16-year-old Trista Eng in York County.

    Michael’s execution also remains stayed by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pending a decision on whether to reconsider a three-judge ruling against Michael earlier this year.

    Once the drugs are procured and any stay is lifted, Corbett says he will sign a fifth death warrant for Michael, setting a new execution date.

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