Philadelphia rap veteran Christopher “Cool C” Roney will live another day after a local judge granted him a second stay of execution.
According to reports, Roney will not be executed tomorrow for a murder crime in the mid-1990’s.
A local rapper convicted of shooting and killing a female police officer nearly 20 years ago will live to see another day — and then some — thanks to a stay of execution granted by a Philadelphia judge. Christopher Douglas Roney, a.k.a. Cool C, 45, was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 after an execution warrant was signed last November by Gov. Tom Corbett. (NBC Philadelphia)
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Reports this week claimed Roney’s death would come by lethal injection.
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 8, Philadelphia golden-age rapper Cool C — real name Christopher Roney — is set to be executed by lethal injection, the result of his 1996 conviction on charges of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Police Officer Lauretha Vaird. (Village Voice)
Despite statements against him, Roney had maintained his innocence nearly two decades later.
Eyewitness statements and identifications led to Roney’s arrest and subsequent charges, according to a statement from the governor’s office. Two other men were convicted of second-degree murder in the case. Roney – a Philadelphia man who before his arrest was a fairly well-known local rapper known as “Cool C” – has maintained he’s innocent. (Philly)
The rap veteran’s claim to fame dates back to the 1980’s.
In the late 80s, Christopher Roney aka Cool C had a hit record called “The Glamourous Life”, a recording contract with Atlantic Records, and a crew named C.E.B.(Countin’ Endless Bank), but that was then. (The Source)