UPDATE: Cool C has been granted a stay of execution by a Philadelphia judge, which means the rapper will not face death by lethal injection on Jan. 8, Philadelphia's NBC 10 reports. Judge L. Felipe Restrepo signed off on the emergency stay of execution in December. This serves as his second stay, with the first being in 2006.


Back in November, we shared news that Philadelphia rapper Cool C would be executed for his involvement in the death of a police officer during a bank robbery in 1996. The artist, who made his mark in hip-hop in the '80s, will meet his end by lethal injection Thursday (Jan. 8).

Cool C, born Christoper Roney, was accused of attempting to rob a PNC bank with fellow Philly rapper Steady B. Roney was convicted on charges of first-degree murder for the shooting death, but the two have always maintained their innocence. During his trial, the rhymer's mother said her son was at home making breakfast for himself and couldn't have been involved in the botched robbery. However, he lost that trial and the decision was upheld when the case was brought to the Supreme Court in 2005.

For those who don't know, the 45-year-old MC first stepped on to the scene with his Hilltop Hustlers crew back in 1987, and challenged a then very well-respected MC Shan on the song 'Juice Crew Dis.'

From there, he inked a deal with Atlantic Records and released his signature cut, 'Glamorous Life,' off the album, 'I Gotta Habit.' He went on to deliver a joint album, 'Countin' Endless Bank,' in 1993, on Ruffhouse Records with his newly formed group C.E.B. Steady B and rapper Ultimate Eaze were also members of the short-lived group.

His execution was originally slated to occur in 2006, but he was granted a stay. Cool C, an entertainer whose lyrics once centered on the ability to "live the glamorous life," won't receive the same opportunity tomorrow.

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