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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  • by melinda Location: mount sterling on Nov 9, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    i never backed the death penalty. if this man truly is guilty, he deserves it... i think he should have to sit in his cell and think about this woman and her children and the family they left behind.. let him have nightmares and have to relive this everyday.. don't give him the easy way out. after about 20 years of thinking about it, well maybe then proceed with the death penalty. even when he does die, the family is still going to be grieving. he didn't give the victims and easy way out so who cares about what he wants or needs.....
  • by Citizen Location: Kentucky on Nov 7, 2008 at 07:02 PM
    "Chapman pleaded guilty in 2004 to killing two children and attacking their mother and sister in the northern Kentucky town of Warsaw." It has to be a burden for this dude to live with this. If he did it he has to think about it every day and know that he did this. Will his death resolve the problem and bring back the dead children? Obviously no that can't happen. Will his death relieve him of his burden to society? His burden to society, what is that and how might this affect someone that might be innocent in the future and they find them guilty wrongfully? We must consider his wishes, the cost of keeping him locked up, and the cost of relieving his guilt for him. He is accepting the death penalty so that he doesn't have to live with this, that might be the right thing or maybe not? If he did it he should feel bad and want to die, so if we could make sure this would only ever be used in this way then okay. I don't envy those that are working on this case that is for sure.


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