- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Although merely a formality, a notice of execution has been signed for a western Pennsylvania man convicted of killing three Pittsburgh police officers in 2009.

The secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections on Wednesday signed the notice with a March 3 execution date for 30-year-old Richard Poplawski, who was sentenced to death in 2011.

A Dauphin County jury found Poplawski guilty of first-degree murder for the April 4, 2009 shooting deaths of Officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo II.

Gov. Tom Wolf issued a moratorium on capital punishment in Pennsylvania in January 2015 pending a forthcoming report on the practice by a bipartisan commission.

The state Supreme Court ruled that Wolf’s actions were “constitutionally sound” in December 2015.

Poplawski still has several appellate avenues he can pursue.

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