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Thu November 20, 2008
By Angela Hatton
Eddyville, KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court has denied an emergency motion that would have halted today's scheduled execution of confessed child killer Marco Chapman. Chief Justice John Minton signed an order yesterday denying a request to stop the execution.
Supreme Court justices unanimously reached the decision Thursday afternoon. Chapman is scheduled to receive a deadly three-drug cocktail tonight at Eddyville State Penitentiary. Chapman was sentenced to death in 2004 after pleading guilty to the murders of two children in the northern Kentucky town of Warsaw. He also admitted to stabbing another child and sexually assaulting their mother in the 2002 attack. Chapman asked to be executed and fought for the right to fire his attorneys to clear the way for the death sentence to be carried out. The execution is Kentucky's first in nine years and only the third since the state restored the Death Penalty in 1976.