SCOTUS denies appeal by convicted murderer Herbert Blakeney

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WASHINGTON, DC –  The United States  Supreme Court has again denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by convicted child murderer, Herbert Blakeney. A writ of certiorari is a request to review a ruling by a lower court. A Dauphin County jury convicted Blakeney in 2002 of killing 14 month old stepson, Basil Shabazz by slashing the child’s throat.

On February 2, 2000, broke into his ex-wife’s apartment on North 14th street in Harrisburg. He stabbed her with an 8 inch long butcher knife. When police responded to the scene, he threaten one officer while holding the child. Despite repeated urgings to release him, he slashed the infant’s throat with the knife in front of the child’s family and city police. He was then shot three times by police. He eventually recovered from his wounds.

Herbert Blakeney

Herbert Blakeney

The Pa Supreme Court affirmed Blakeney’s  conviction in 2008 and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in 2009. That same year, democrat Governor Edward G. Rendell signed an execution warrant for Blakeney.

After Blakeney filed a petition for post conviction relief, the trial court issued a stay of the execution. Judge John F. Cherry denied post conviction relief and Blakeney appealed. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed that judgment on December 29, 2014.


Blakeney then filed the recently denied petition to the Supreme Court of the United States. District Attorney Edward M. Marsico, who prosecuted Blakeney, expressed hope that this step might bring justice for Basil Shabazz closer.

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