Gov. Rendell yesterday signed the death warrant for Derrick G. Ragan, 36, of Philadelphia, who in 1992 was sentenced to die for the slaying two years earlier of 22-year-old Darren Brown. Ragan's execution by lethal injection was set for Feb. 7.
Ragan shot Brown 13 times after a June 26, 1990, argument over who could use a basketball court at the Tustin playground in West Philadelphia, according to a news release from Rendell's office.
Ragan has been an inmate at Graterford state prison since July 1991. He is also serving a life sentence for the June 15, 1990, murder of Anthony Thomas, the governor's office said. Ragan shot Thomas following an argument over money.