The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld a conviction in a nearly 24 year old murder case
An Eastern Kentucky mans death sentence in connection with a murder yearly 24 years ago in Hazard, will stand according to a ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Justices agreed that 46 year old Donald Herb Johnson was not coerced into entering an unconditional guilty plea in the death of Hellen Madden in November of 1989 at the Bright and Clean coin laundry in Hazard. Johnson had claimed that a judge urged him to enter an unconditional guilty plea. He also claimed his lawyers had threatened to quit if he did not plead guilty. The court responded that there was no evidence to back up Johnson's claim.