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6:55 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Sen. Gerald Neal Files Bill to Replace Kentucky Death Penalty

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State Sen. Gerald Neal plans to file a bill that would replace the death penalty in Kentucky with a sentence of life without parole.

For years, Neal has filed a bill to outlaw the death penalty.

But he says a combination of factors—ranging from reticence by party leaders who support it but don’t want to appear soft on crime, to those who believe in the death penalty as a means of justice—have prevented the bill from getting traction.

Neal says he continues filing the measure to keep the issue front and center.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Kentucky Death Sentence Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a death row inmate condemned for the kidnapping and killing of a high school honor student in western Kentucky.      

The high court on Thursday granted a Kentucky prosecutor's appeal seeking to reinstate the death sentence of 39-year-old Robert Keith Woodall. A jury sentenced Woodall to die for the 1997 murder of 16-year-old Sarah Hansen.

Hansen vanished on Jan. 25, 1997, after going to a store in Greenville. Her remains were later found in Luzerne Lake.

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