Mark Edwards, Jr., Pennsylvania

 

July 9, 2020

In 2015, Fayette County President Judge James Wagner Jr. resentenced Mark Edwards to four consecutive life sentences. Edwards, originally sentenced to death, had his sentence reduced after Judge Wagner ruled that Edwards had an intellectual disability that made him ineligible for the death sentence, in accordance with a 2002 US Supreme Court decision and Pennsylvania state law.

Update: Monday, January 12, 2015, 12:24 pm EST

Mark Duane Edwards, Jr. was scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EST, on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview, in Rockview, Pennsylvania. His execution has been stayed. Thirty-two-year-old Mark is convicted of the murder of 50-year-old Larry A. Bobish, Sr., 42-year-old Joanna Marian Bobish, and 17-year-old Krystal Leigh Bobish, who was 28-weeks pregnant, on April 14, 2002, in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Mark also attempted to kill 12-year-old Larry Bobish, Jr. Mark has spent the last 10 years of his life on Pennsylvania’s death row.

Mark did not have a significant criminal history. He was addicted to drugs during the time of the murder. Mark also alleged that he was borderline mentally incompetent.

 

On April 12, 2002, Mark Edwards and a friend allegedly stole six bottles of a street drug called “wet” from Larry Bobish at gunpoint. Over the next two days, Larry repeatedly contacted Edwards asking for payment. Edwards was heard threatening to kill the Bobishes.

 

On April 14, 2002, Edwards arrived at the Bobish homes and was let inside by Larry. After talking with Larry, Edwards pulled an automatic handgun and Larry in the chest. Edwards then ran into the living room and shot Larry, Jr., in the neck. Next, Edwards went into a bedroom and shot Larry’s wife, Joanna, in the neck. Also in the bedroom was Larry and Joanna’s daughter, Krystal, who was 28 weeks pregnant. Edwards shot Krystal twice. After Krystal fell, he kicked her in the stomach. Larry, Jr., who was injured but alive, attempted to stop Edwards. Edwards cut his neck before setting fire to the house and fleeing the scene. Larry, Jr. was able to escape from the house once he realized it was on fire, and was discovered by an off-duty police officer. He was also later able to identify the man who killed the rest of his family.

 

Edwards was arrested four days later. He confessed to the killing of Larry, Sr., and Joanna, but did not remember shooting Krystal or Larry, Jr.

 

This is Mark Edwards second execution warrant. Mark was granted a stay of execution by President Judge John F. Wagner, Jr. of the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas. The stay was granted in order to allow time for Mark to complete his appeals.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the Bobish’s family. Please pray for strength for the family of Mark Edwards. Please pray that if Mark is innocent, the truth will be revealed before he is executed. Please pray that Mark may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

 

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