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Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Kentucky inmate

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 Monday overturned a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had granted a new trial to 63-year-old David Eugene Matthews. Matthews 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 currently in the process of altering its execution method to comply with a state judge's order.

Filed under: Kentucky | Violent crimes | Court cases


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