A Punxsutawney man who faces execution Jan. 28 for a 2000 murder filed a federal motion for a stay of execution today.
Robert Gene Rega, 47, killed night watchman Christopher Lauth during a robbery at a the Gateway Lodge in Cooksburg. Rega was trying to steal money to buy Christmas presents.
Convicted in 2002, he was the subject of a death warrant signed by Gov. Ed Rendell, and then another signed by Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday.
Rega, now at the State Correctional Institution Greene, seeks federal habeas corpus review of his conviction and death sentence.
Rich Lord: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.