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As public support for the death penalty wanes, the number of executions and projected death sentences in 2017 rose only slightly, remaining at nearly 25-year lows, according to the annual report released Thursday by the Death Penalty Information Center.

There were 23 executions this year, the center says. Over the past 25 years, only last year's total, 20, was lower.

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A Kentucky judge says the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional for defendants who were under the age of 21 when they allegedly committed their crimes. 

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A Trigg County man charged with orchestrating the killings of his parents, sister and an acquaintance has avoided the death penalty by accepting a plea deal. 

Ryan Champion pleaded guilty to four murder counts and one count of kidnapping in court today.

The New Conservative Push to End Capital Punishment

Aug 12, 2016
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After decades of defending capital punishment, some conservative Republicans are walking away from the death penalty.

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6th Circuit Court of Appeals judge Boyce Martin has died. Martin was known for his rulings on cases involving affirmative action and the Affordable Care Act.

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After years of efforts, a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Kentucky received its first legislative hearing on Wednesday.

Death Row Exoneree Speaks at Murray State

Nov 12, 2014
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Amnesty International at Murray State University hosts death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth Friday night at 6 in MSU's Freed Curd Auditorium. Bloodsworth is the first person in the United States exonerated from death row by DNA testing. The lecture is open to all. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Kirk Bloodsworth about the circumstances of his exoneration.

Kentucky's Death Penalty: A Comprehensive Look

Aug 12, 2014
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Allen Ault admits to being a murderer.

But Ault isn’t behind bars, nor was he tried for his “crimes”; he’s currently dean of Criminal Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. But as Ault told an interim joint committee on the judiciary earlier this month, he considers his actions as a director of corrections akin to premeditated murder.

“I have murdered five people as an agent of the state,” he said.

Ault said that many of his former colleagues have committed suicide or retreated into drugs to cope with their actions

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Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary meets in Paducah Friday for a discussion of the state's death penalty. 

Tennessee's governor has signed a bill that would allow the state to use the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed to The Associated Press that the legislation had been signed after passing the state Senate by a 23-3 vote and the House by a 68-13 margin.

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