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Ky Inmate Wants "No more delays in execution"

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky man on death row for killing two children is urging the state to grant him a speedy execution in a move one attorney called "suicide by court."

Marco Allen Chapman told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Friday that he doesn't understand why his case is dragging on.

"I'm still too young to die of old age," Chapman said. "The only thing I can do is ... tell the judges to do their job and end this now. Quit dragging this on for everybody."

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday declined to rehear his case, but Chapman's court-appointed attorneys have 10 days to ask the justices to reconsider, with prosecutors having 10 days after that to respond.

Chapman said the delays merely "drag out the misery" for himself and the family of his victims.

Chapman, 36, pleaded guilty in 2004 to killing 7-year-old Chelbi Sharon and 6-year-old Cody Sharon, and attacking their mother, Carolyn Marksberry, and their older sister, Courtney Sharon, in the small town of Warsaw in northern Kentucky.


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