Cool C, a Philadelphia rapper convicted of killing a police officer in 1996, was set to be executed in early January, but has received a stay of execution.
According to AllHipHop.com
, the stay was requested on Dec. 3, and granted two days later by Philadelphia District Court judge L. Felipe Restrepo. It was his second stay of execution, as the first was granted in 2006.
Cool C, 44, real name Christopher Roney, was best known for his hit "Glamorous Life," which samples the song by Sheila E of the same name.
In 1996, he, his mentor Steady B a.k.a. Warren McClone, and rapper Mark Canty attempted to rob a PNC Bank in Philadelphia. In the process, Roney shot and killed 43-year-old, nine-year veteran police officer Lauretha Vaird. She was the first female police officer in Philadelphia to die in the line of duty.
Roney was subsequently convicted of first-degree murder.
McClone and Canty both received life sentences for their role in the crime.
The stay of execution will stand "until the completion of all federal litigation pertaining to his Petition For Writ of Habeas Corpus," according to court documents.
Roney continues to maintain his innocence, "despite video and other evidence connecting him to the crime," wrote Complex.com
Cool C Stay of Execution
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