Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a stay of execution for a man who has never fought his death sentence, an anti-death-penalty group won a temporary stay from the state Supreme Court Friday.
Subsequently, the U.S. Supreme Court early Saturday refused to overturn the state court. The U.S. court's inaction puts the death sentence of Gary Heidnik on hold indefinitely.
The state Supreme Court issued its stay "pending further action by this court." Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay imposed by a federal appeals court.
The state had scheduled the execution of Gary Heidnik for 2 a.m. Saturday. He was being taken from a prison outside Philadelphia to Rockview State Prison, about 155 miles away in the north-central part of the state.
Heidnik, 53, was condemned for murdering two women held captive along with four others in his North Philadelphia row house.