2010-07-15 / Local & State

Hearing For Pa. Death Row Inmate Seeking Execution

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A hearing is scheduled next month on whether federal public defenders should be representing a western Pennsylvania man who has sought execution after failing to overturn a conviction of killing his estranged girlfriend’s husband on Thanksgiving Day in 1998.

Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio said Friday that he believes the public defenders are acting without the permission of William Wright III, who said last year that he was tired of appeal delays and asked the governor to sign his death warrant.

Consiglio said that as recently as May 15, Wright asked the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene so that his execution could commence. His courtappointed federal public defenders say they believe he is mentally incompetent. It is unclear whether Wright will be taken to western Pennsylvania from his eastern Pa. prison for the Aug. 10 hearing.

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