Corbett Signs Execution Warrant
Killer Convicted in Philadelphia for Murder During Six-Week Robbery Spree
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today signed
an execution warrant for Lewis M. Jordan, who was convicted of First Degree
Murder for the shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Charles Cassidy on
October 31, 2007.
is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene and his
execution has been scheduled for June 18, 2014. The execution warrant
signed today for Jordan was Governor Corbett’s 32nd warrant signed
since taking office.
in 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
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Jordan, now 27, was sentenced to death on
November 24, 2009 by a jury in the Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division of
September of 2007, Jordan began a six-week armed robbery spree in which he
targeted businesses in North Philadelphia. At approximately 10:30 a.m. on
October 31, 2007, Jordan entered the Dunkin’ Donuts at 6620 North Broad Street
in Philadelphia (site of his first robbery during the spree), pointed a nine
millimeter weapon at the manager’s head and commanded the manager to place
money into a bag. During this time, Jordan commanded employees and
customers to stay where they were.
the same time, 25-year Philadelphia Police Veteran Charles Cassidy pulled into
the parking lot of the establishment, tasked with making an unscheduled visit
as part of a crime prevention initiative in response to Jordan’s earlier
robberies. Officer Cassidy, unaware of the robbery in progress, walked
unhurriedly to the door.
Officer Cassidy entered the establishment, Jordan turned to face the door and
Officer Cassidy immediately drew his service weapon and crouched down on the
ground. Without hesitation, Jordan took a few steps towards Officer
Cassidy, raised his gun, aimed, and fired a hollow-point bullet into his head
above his right eyebrow from approximately three feet away. The bullet
pierced Officer Cassidy’s frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital
lobes. Jordan immediately fled the scene.
Cassidy was immediately transported to Albert Einstein Hospital; he later
succumbed to the injury and was pronounced dead the following morning.
days after the murder, Jordan was gathered with his mother, Lynn Dyches, and
his two sisters at Dyches’ house. Dyches called her nephew, Hakim Glover,
to the house; upon Glover’s arrival, both she and Jordan made reference to the
shooting of a police officer. Jordan specifically told him that he “did
something bad,” removing two guns from his waistband. When Dyches’
boyfriend, a corrections officer, arrived at the house, Jordan admitted to him
that he “shot the cop.” Jordan then became confrontational, and Dyches’
boyfriend was able to leave the home and contact authorities as soon as Jordan
and Jordan drove to Glover’s sister’s house, where Jordan was able to stash
both guns before Glover drove him to Wilmington, DE where Jordan boarded a bus
bound for Miami, FL. Jordan was arrested days later at a Miami homeless
shelter. He later waived extradition and returned to Philadelphia to face
charges for the murder of Officer Cassidy.
Maus, Governor’s Office of General Counsel, 717-346-4463
McNaughton, Department of Corrections, 717-728-4025