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Exonerated death row inmate speaks in Frankfort about ending capital punishment

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB ) -- Death penalty opponents are trying once again to end capital punishment in Kentucky.

The sponsors of a bill to abolish the death penalty brought in a former death row inmate to make their case.

Kirk Bloodsworth of Maryland spent eight years on death row for sexual assault and murder before DNA testing cleared him.

Now he travels the country as an anti-death penalty advocate.

"You can free a man from prison, but you can't free him from the grave," former death row inmate Kirk Bloodsworth said. "That is the best reason to end the death penalty."

Supporters admit they are unlikely to pass a bill this year, but say they are slowly gaining support among lawmakers.

The last execution in Kentucky occurred in 2008.

Sen. Gerald Neal (D-Louisville) and Rep. David Floyd (R-Bardstown) have also filed senate and house resolutions respectively asking for a task force to study the cost of the death penalty in Kentucky.

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