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Date set for execution of Sunday school teacher's killer

Michael Pruitt scheduled to die on December 29

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A man convicted more than a decade ago of committing one of Reading's most brutal murders now has a date with the executioner.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced Wednesday that Secretary John Wetzel signed a notice of execution for Michael Pruitt. 

He's scheduled to die by lethal injection on December 29.

Pruitt has been on death row since May 3, 2005, when he was sentenced for the murder of Greta Gougler in Reading three years earlier.

Gougler was a 69-year-old Sunday school teacher who was robbed, raped, and strangled inside her home on North Ninth Street on September 28, 2002.

A jury from Montgomery County was bused to Reading for the trial because of extensive pre-trial publicity given to the case in Berks.


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