On the day their client was formally sentenced to death, Kevin Murphy’s attorneys vowed that they will appeal the verdicts in his triple murder trial.
Murphy was sentenced to death for killing his mother and to concurrent life sentences for the subsequent murders of his sister and aunt in April 2009. Attorneys Bob Bell and Mark Bolkovac had argued that the murders were committed by someone else and Murphy’s surviving family members said they hope the real killer is found soon.
After sitting stone-faced and showing no emotion during the trial, Murphy cried as he hugged his aunt and two uncles. In pronouncing the sentence, Westmoreland County Judge Al Bell told him, “May God, in his infinite wisdom, have mercy on your soul, Mr. Murphy.”
Murphy becomes Pennsylvania’s 195th Death Row inmate. No one has been executed in the state since 1999, and since 1976 when Pennsylvania reinstated capital punishment, there have been only three death sentences carried out.