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Local News
1:14 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Proposed Execution Protocol Gets Hearing in Frankfort

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The Kentucky Justice Cabinet heard today from critics of the state’s proposed new death penalty method.

They’re asking officials to make multiple changes to how executions are carried out, now that the state is switching to a one-or-two drug lethal injection.

Public defenders, private attorneys and anti-death penalty activists said during a hearing in Frankfort that the rules Kentucky wants to put into place have multiple problems.  One would not allow condemned inmates to have access to their lawyers on the day of execution.

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Local News
1:50 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Kentucky Will Use Single Drug for Executions

Kentucky is the latest state to switch to a single-drug execution method for inmates on death row.

The state previously used the a three-drug cocktail in lethal executions. But Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ordered the state to rethink that process to avoid accusations of cruel and usual punishment.

Officials have spent the last two months doing just that, and a new brief filed this week says executions will be done with either the anesthetic sodium thiopental or the barbiturate pentobarbital.

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Local News
12:34 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Supreme Court Puts Kentucky Man Back on Death Row

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence for a 63-year old Kentucky inmate.

The decision overturns an appeals court ruling that granted David Eugene Matthews a retrial three decades after the double murder of his wife and mother-in-law. Matthews now returns to death row. Kentucky is currently in the process of revising its lethal injection procedures, so he will not be put to death until the state chooses a new execution method. Additional information from the Associated Press

Local News
5:32 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Kentucky Will Change Lethal Injection Procedures

A judge has ordered the state of Kentucky to rethink the way it executes prisoners. 

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd previously ruled the lethal injection process that involves three drugs could no longer be allowed. The state appealed and lost.

The Kentucky Justice Cabinet filed notice Thursday that it will propose new regulations by July 24. The single-page motion does not say what changes will be made, but the move could open the door to a switch to a single-drug execution.

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