Kevin Murphy, Pennsylvania

 

Updated: Monday, December 19, 2016 1:23 pm EST

Kevin Murphy was scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EST, on Monday, December 19, 2016, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview, in Rockview, Pennsylvania. Kevin’s execution has been stayed. Fifty-five-year-old Kevin is convicted of the murder of his 43-year-old sister Kris Murphy, his 69-year-old mother Doris Murphy, and his 81-year-old aunt Edith Tieltge, near Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, on April 23, 2009. Kevin has spent the last three years of his life on Pennsylvania’s death row.

Kevin’s execution has been stayed by the US District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Kevin owned and operated Ferguson Glass, an auto-glass business. His mother and sister lived with him at his home near Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. Kevin’s mother worked for him at his business, while his sister and aunt volunteered. The business was located adjacent to a farm owned by Kevin’s uncle.

At the time of the murders, Kevin was involved in a relationship with Susan McGuire, who was married to another man. The two wanted to move in together. Kevin’s family disapproved of the relationship and his mother and sister lived with him at his house. Susan suggested that he “knock off” the mother and sister.

 

Prior to April 23, 2009, Kevin asked a friend about purchasing a pistol to shoot groundhogs. Kevin brought that gun to his business a few days before the murder. Over the following days, Kevin gave various accounts as to why he had a gun on the premises.

 

On April 23, 2009, testimony shows that Kevin actively worked to keep people away from his business. Kevin then lured his mother and sister to the auto-glass business. Kevin shot his mother three times and his sister twice. Both were shot in the back. Kevin’s aunt showed up at the business unannounced, resulting in Kevin shooting her once, and killing her, to prevent any witnesses. Their bodies were discovered later that evening when Kevin’s uncle arrived home from an auction. Kevin alleged that he was doing work on the farm at the time of the murders.

 

Kevin’s DNA was found on the murder weapon, although he alleges that he used it earlier in the day to shoot a bird. Kevin was arrested one year after the murders and was sentenced to death in 2013. Kevin insists upon his innocence.

 

Kevin’s notice of execution was issued by Department of Corrections Secretary John Wentzel, as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has refused to sign any execution warrants. If the Governor does not sign an execution notice within a specified time frame, state law requires the corrections secretary to issue the execution notice.

 

On Friday, February 13, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on executions in the state, until he receives and reviews a report on capital punishment in the state, a report which was ordered in 2011. In his announcement, he called the death penalty in Pennsylvania a "flawed system," "ineffective," "unjust," and "expensive." Read more about the announcement here.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of the Kris Murphy, Doris Murphy, and Edith Tieltge. Please pray for strength for the family of Kevin. Please pray that if Kevin is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Kevin may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

 

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