Christopher "Cool C" Roney, Pennsylvania


Update: Monday, January 5, 2015, 4:38 pm EST

Christopher “Cool C” Douglas Roney's execution was scheduled for 7 pm EST on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview, in Rockview, Pennsylvania. His execution was stayed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District. Forty-five-year-old Christopher is convicted of the murder of 43-year-old police officer Lauretha Vaird on January 2, 1996, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christopher has spent the last 17 years on Pennsylvania’s death row.

Christopher is a former rapper who previously went by the name Cool C. His music career reached a peak in the late 1980s, with the release of two solo albums and the single Glamorous Life. In 1991, Cool C joined the hardcore rap group C.E.B. (Countin’ Endless Bank), which was composed of two other Philadelphia rappers. Their album received disappointing reviews and sales.

In the mid-1990s, Christopher “Cool C” Roney was planning a comeback. On January 2, 1996, Roney, along with C.E.B. bandmate Warren McGlone and a third rapper, Mark Canty, attempted to rob a PNC bank in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Around 8:30 am, the trio entered the bank by forcing the assistant manager and bank manager to let them into the bank at gunpoint. A nearby business alerted police to the crime.


Officer Lauretha Vaird, a nine-year veteran and single mother of two, was the first officer to arrive at the scene. As she entered the bank, Roney shot her in the abdomen. The injury was fatal. The three men fled the bank. Canty and McGlone left their weapons behind. Upon exiting the bank, Roney exchanged gunfire with additional police officers, before making his escape in a getaway vehicle driven by McGlone.


Canty and McGlone each confessed to participating in the robbery and identified Roney as the shooter. They each received a life sentence. Roney was sentenced to death.


This is Christopher Roney’s second execution warrant. Christopher's execution has been stayed by the US District Court for the Eastern District.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Lauretha Vaird. Please pray for strength for the family of Christopher. Please pray that if Christopher is innocent, the truth will be revealed before he is executed. Please pray the Christopher may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.



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