Judge Says He'll Find Death Row Inmate Competent

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A judge says a Kentucky Death Row inmate is competent to fire his public defenders and seek his own execution.

Special Judge Roger Crittenden presided over a hearing Friday in the case of 36-year-old Marco Allen Chapman, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 21. Crittenden has scheduled another hearing next week hear from a doctor who examined Chapman, but says he will issue an order declaring Chapman competent.

Public defender Heather McGregor says once such an order is issued, defense attorneys will withdraw requests to stop the scheduled execution.

Chapman pleaded guilty in 2004 to killing two children and attacking their mother and sister in the northern Kentucky town of Warsaw.

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