Pennsylvania's corrections chief signed notices of execution Thursday for two convicted murderers, one from Philadelphia, despite the death-penalty moratorium implemented by Gov. Wolf.

The notices signed by Corrections Secretary John Wetzel set an execution date of April 17 for Lance Arrington, convicted of killing a woman in 1996 in the city's Wynnefield section, and for Albert Perez, convicted of killing a mother and daughter in 2007 in Bernville, Berks County.

If the governor does not sign an execution warrant for a death-row inmate within a specified amount of time, the corrections secretary can sign a notice of execution within 30 days, said Jeff Sheridan, Wolf's press secretary.

"If executions become imminent, the governor will sign a reprieve," Sheridan said. - Inquirer staff