Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Glamorous Life

Just in case you don't know , the name of this blog is ripped directly off one of my favorite songs from back in the day. A Rapper named Cool C from Hilltop, (Philadelphia) came out with this song and it was played 50 times a day on Power 99. The rest of this is stolen:
On January 2 1996, during the same time period that he was recording a comeback EP Cool C, along with C.E.B. band mate Steady B, and another local Philadelphia rapper, Mark Canty, attempted a hold up at a PNC bank branch in Philadelphia. During the botched heist, Philadelphia Police Officer, Lauretha Vaird, who responded to the bank's silent alarm, was shot and killed by Cool C. As he exited the bank, Cool C exchanged fire with another police officer who had also responded to the bank's alarm, before he and Canty dropped their weapons at the scene and fled in a stolen minivan driven by Steady B.
Officer Vaird, a black woman and the single mother of two children, was the first female Philadelphia Police officer killed in the line of duty.
Roney was arrested and on October 30 1996, convicted of the first degree murder of Officer Vaird. At his subsequent sentencing hearing, Cool C was sentenced to death by lethal injection. On January 10th 2006 his death warrant was signed by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and his execution date was set for March 9th 2006. He was granted a stay of execution from Pennsylvania Judge Gary Glazer on February 1st 2006 until all post-conviction litigation is resolved.
Cool C has steadfastly maintained his innocence throughout the trial and appeals process, despite the trial testimony of three eyewitnesses who placed him at the scene of the robbery, as well as ballistic and forensic evidence that linked him to the murder of Officer Vaird. He is currently an inmate at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution at Greene.

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