Corbett Signs 36th Execution Warrant; Death Penalty Set for Convicted Murderer

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed an execution warrant Monday for a 28-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting his 21-year-old girlfriend and their 19-month-old child.

Michael Parrish, 28, is set to die by lethal injection on Oct. 14, according to the Governor's Office.

The Monroe County man was found guilty in March 2012 of killing Victoria Adams and their son, Sidney Michael Parrish, on July 6, 2009.

On the day she died, Adams told family and friends that Parrish was controlling and abusive and she planned to end the relationship when she returned to the apartment they shared later that day, according to a news release. 

Afraid of how her boyfriend might react, Adams had several relatives and a friend accompany her to the apartment, where Parrish was home with their son.

The woman went inside alone and, minutes later, Parrish exited the building and brandished a gun at the group, who were waiting outside for Adams to return.

He went back to the apartment and fired multiple shots, hitting Adams eight times and Sidney six times, according to the Governor's Office.

Hearing the gunfire, Adams' relatives began to rush inside, but Parrish began firing in their direction.

The group fled in their car and Parrish went on the run, the Governor's Office said.

A multi-state manhunt ensued and Parrish was taken into custody on July 8, 2009 in New Hampshire.

Parrish's execution warrant is the 36th signed by Corbett since taking office.

The last person to be executed in Pennsylvania was 56-year-old Gary Heidnik, who died July 6, 1999.

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