MONROE COUNTY — October 14th, 2014 is the scheduled date of Michael Parrish’s execution.
Governor Corbett signed the execution warrant on Monday for the man from Monroe County.
Parrish is serving time in a state prison near Pittsburgh.
A jury convicted Parrish of murdering his 19-month-old son Sidney and his girlfriend, Victoria Adams in 2009 at the family’s home near Effort, in Monroe County.
The news of the execution warrant this week reminded people in the Effort area of Parrish’s crimes and how they felt when they heard he shot his own child a dozen times.
“Then on top of that, killing the person you loved and had that baby with is just not right. It’s completely wrong,” said Philip Brogan of Effort.
The prosecutor who handled the Parrish case, Michael Mancuso, told Newswatch 16 he was “a little surprised,” and did not quite expect the execution warrant so soon.
There is still the possibility of a federal appeal.
If Parrish is executed this fall, he will be the first execution in Pennsylvania since 1999, when notorious Philadelphia killer Gary Heidnik was put to death.
“I’m not sure anyone deserves to die. It’s hard to say. I can’t judge that. But it’s been done by people that are in the authority and it’s gonna happen,” said Dylan Alex of Effort.
“It’s crazy. I’ve got a son who’s 11, so I understand. It’s crazy. It’s a shame. I don’t know what made him do it, but he deserves death, 100 percent,” said Mark Everet of Effort.
According to the State Department of Corrections, there are 184 inmates on death row right now, 181 men and 3 women.
“I think it’s wrong, but also at the same time, I think it is justified for a man to be able to take a baby’s life like that. It’s just not right, so I think I do agree with the death penalty for him,” said Brogan.