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February 27, 2014

Convicted killer's execution delayed

JOHNSTOWN — A federal judge in Johnstown has delayed the execution of convicted child killer Stephen Rex Edmiston.

The stay, signed by U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson, was based on information provided by Robert Dunham, the assistant public defender, that Edmiston has not exhausted all of his federal appeals.

A week ago Gov Tom Corbett signed the warrant ordering Edmiston’s execution, which was set for April 16.

Edmiston, now 55, was convicted by a Cambria County jury in 1989 for the 1988 murder of Bobbi Jo Matthews, 2, of Beccaria, Clearfield County.

He abducted the child during the night on Oct. 5, 1988. Her body was found two days later in a remote area of Reade Township in northeastern Cambria County.

The stay was not opposed by the state Attorney General’s Office which is prosecuting the case.

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