The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence of a Kentucky man who has been awaiting execution for three decades.
The high court yesterday overturned a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that granted a new trial to 63-year-old David Eugene Matthews. He was sentenced to death in 1982 for the slaying of his estranged wife and mother-in-law in Louisville. Matthews is Kentucky's second-longest serving death row inmate. The state is in the process of altering its execution method to comply with a state judge's order.