Documents: Video made of moments before executions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials videotaped condemned inmates heading for the death chamber in two of the state's executions.

The Associated Press learned of the existence of the tapes through public records requests.

The Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the Department of Corrections are locked in a dispute with public defenders over access to the execution chamber as part of ongoing litigation over how the state carries out lethal injections.

The records show that a video exists of Harold McQueen's final seconds and preparation for execution at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville on July 1, 1997, but not his actual death. A letter rejecting a public records request for that tape and similar videos of the lead up to the executions of Eddie Lee Harper in 1999 and Marco Allen Chapman in 2008 acknowledges their existence.

The videos haves never been made public.

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