Pair of executions set for appeals in Kentucky
The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal in the case of a kidnapped distillery worker, while a federal appeals court will take up the case of a double murder.
LOUISVILLE / FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal in the case of an escaped inmate accused of kidnapping a Kentucky worker. While a federal appeals court in Louisville will take up the case of a death row inmate accused of killing two people.
The long-running case of an escaped inmate from an Oklahoma prison facing a death sentence is over the fatal kidnapping of a Kentucky distillery worker.
The Kentucky Supreme Court justices will hear the case of 56-year-old Michael Dale St. Clair on March 13 in Frankfort. St. Clair is appealing the conviction and sentence out of Hardin County in the 1991 kidnapping of Francis "Frank" Brady of Bardstown. Prosecutors say St. Clair and an accomplice snatched Brady from a rest stop along Interstate 65. Brady was later found shot to death in neighboring Bullitt County.
St. Clair has also been sentenced to death in Bullitt County on a charge of murder. The justices heard an appeal in that case in February.
The federal appeals court in Louisville will hear the case of a Kentucky death row inmate convicted of killing two people in Louisville later this year.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has set an Oct. 1 hearing date in the case of 53-year-old Roger Lamar Wheeler. Wheeler has been condemned to death for the 1997 slayings of Nigel Malone and Nairobi Warfield.
Police say Wheeler was on parole for 10 counts of robbery when the slayings happened.
Police say Malone and Warfield were stabbed multiple times with a pair of scissors and the first detectives on the scene found a blood trail leading from the pair to the street.
Detectives say blood samples collected at the scene matched Wheeler.
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