LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that
a death row inmate can be tried for a second time on capital kidnapping charges stemming from a 1991 crime spree.
The high court in a unanimous opinion said that 51-year-old Michael D. St. Clair would not be harmed by facing a second trial on charges of capital kidnapping, attempted murder, receiving stolen property and arson in Hardin County. His conviction was overturned in 2005.
St. Clair said a second trial would violate his right to a speedy trial. The unsigned opinion issued Thursday in Frankfort said St. Clair could appeal any perceived error once the trial was over, but that the trial should be allowed to go forward.
St. Clair was sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing Frank Brady.
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