Philadelphia Rap vet Cool C, real name Christopher Roney, is scheduled to be executed for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer during a bank robbery in 1996.
Roney was a staple on the Philadelphia rap scene releasing his debut single, “Juice Crew Dis” in 1987 and the memorable “Glamorous Life” in 1989. Roney was also a member of the group C.E.B. (Countin’ Endless Bank) with Steady B (Warren McGlone) and Ultimate Eaze.
Things took a turn for the worse when Cool C and Steady B, along with another rapper Mark Canty, attempted to rob a PNC bank in Philadelphia, where Roney shot and killed Police Officer Lauretha Vaird. Roney was arrested and convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. Vaird was the first African-American woman to die in the line of duty on the Philadelphia police force.
Roney was granted a stay of execution in 2006 and has maintained his innocence in the case, but according to The Times Dealer, Philadelphia Governor Tom Corbett signed an execution warrant for Cool C on Friday November 21st.
Cool C is currently an inmate at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution at Greene and is scheduled to be executed on January 8th, 2015.