for Immediate Release
Man Convicted of 1993 Murder of York County Teen
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today signed
an execution warrant for Hubert L. Michael, Jr., who pled guilty in October
1994 to Kidnapping and First Degree Murder for the shooting death of
16-year-old Trista Eng.
incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene and his execution
has been scheduled for September 22, 2014. The execution warrant signed today
for Michael was Governor Corbett’s 35th warrant signed since taking office.
This is the
fourth execution warrant signed for Michael.
Governor Tom Ridge signed Michael’s first execution warrant on July 31,
1996, Governor Ed Rendell signed Michael’s second execution warrant on April 5,
2004, and Governor Corbett signed Michael’s third execution warrant on
September 11, 2012. The three prior
warrants were dissolved as a result of the issuance of stays pending Michael’s
numerous appeals. The appeals were ultimately denied by the courts.
“I would urge
all of us to keep Trisha Eng’s family in our thoughts and prayers,’’ Corbett
said. “For more than 20 years the Eng
family has had to deal with the results of his abhorrent behavior every day of
their lives. It is my hope that today’s action will support the Eng family in
taking the next step to put this painful journey behind them.’’
Pennsylvania are carried out by lethal injection. For more information, visit
the Department of Corrections online at www.cor.state.pa.us and select “Death Penalty’’
from the left-side navigation bar.
Michael, now 57, was sentenced to death on
March 20, 1995 in the York County Court of Common Pleas.
On July 12,
1993, Trista Eng was walking along Route 15 in York County from her home to her
summer job at a Dillsburg restaurant.
Michael stopped and offered Miss Eng a ride to work, which she accepted.
drove to state game lands in Warrington Township, York County, where he shot
Miss Eng three times and hid her body in the woods.
later, Michael fled the state in a rented car.
At that time, Michael was out on bail for an unrelated rape charge in
Lancaster County. The car was listed as
stolen and entered into the National Crime Information Center system.
On July 27,
1993, Michael was arrested in Utah as a fugitive from justice. The murder weapon was found in the car at the
time of his arrest. Michael was returned
to Pennsylvania and incarcerated in Lancaster County Prison to await trial on
the rape charge.
brother visited him in prison the following month, where Michael confessed to
him that he had used the gun to kill Miss Eng and that he had hidden the girl’s
body in the state game lands. Based on
that information, Michael’s brother and other relatives searched the game lands
until they found the teenager’s decomposed body still dressed in her restaurant
uniform. Michael’s explanation for the
murder was that he was under so much pressure from the rape charge, he “just
charged Michael with Trista Eng’s murder on Aug. 27, 1993.
1993, Michael assumed the identity of another prisoner and escaped from
Lancaster County Prison. He was later
captured in New Orleans and returned to Pennsylvania in March 1994 to face
rape, murder and other charges.
Governor’s Office of General Counsel, 717-346-4463
Bensinger, Department of Corrections, 717-728-4026
Storm, Pennsylvania Office of the Victim Advocate, 717-756-9741