Commuting Chapman's Sentence?

With a little more than a week until a Kentucky inmate is executed, the states four Catholic bishops are urging the Governor to reconsider.

This is the second time they've reached out to the Governor, asking for clemency for Marco Chapman, who killed two children and raped their mother.

Kentucky's four Catholic bishops first met with Governor Steve Beshear in early July asking that he commute the death sentences of Ralph Baze and Marco Chapman to life without parole.

Now, they are renewing their request for Marco Chapman.

Today they sent a statement to the governor saying they recognize the horror of Chapman's crime.

He was sentenced to death at his own request for killing two children, Cody and Chelbi Sharon, raping their mother, Carolyn Marksberry and attempting to kill her and another daughter, Courtney Sharon.

In today's statement the Catholic bishops asked all Kentucky citizens to pray for this family as well as other victims of violent crimes.

They also asked that Chapman not be executed, saying they have placed him in the position of playing God with his life and to take the road less traveled and grant him clemency.

Chapman is scheduled to be executed next Friday at Eddyville State Penitentiary.


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  • by bjmakay Location: b-town on Nov 21, 2008 at 09:46 PM
    This WHOLE story is very sad I hope BOTH families can find comfort and peace.
  • by Michelle Location: Eddyville on Nov 19, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    For the crimes he committed, he should be put to death...if he wants it, let him have it! Save the time and money of the taxpayers. If he wants to be forgiven, he can ask God before he's given injection. I'd like to see if any of those Clergy would feel the same if it were their children. The fact they are trying to keep him alive and in prison is utterly disgusting!
  • by KyMom Location: Pikeville on Nov 14, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    @ Melinda and Matt... Lets say this was your mother and your two younger siblings he killed, would you want that man to live or be able to sit on death row everyday??? I wouldn't I'd want to be the one to flip the switch, pull the trigger or inject the poison that killed him. I believe in an eye for an eye! I have come face to face with a murderer and let me tell you, sitting on death row for the rest of that man's life wouldn't have bothered him one bit... These men don't need to sit and "think" about what they did, that isn't what they do anyway. If you break the law you should be punished to the full extent of it.
  • by Teresa Location: Georgetown on Nov 14, 2008 at 09:03 AM
    This is the type of person who is needed for medical research (finding a cure for cancer, AIDS, etc.) Stop using lab animals when humans are available. This is the way to pay back society for what he has done. Perhaps there will be some breakthroughs in research if we test on humans, rather than rats & monkeys. We are humans,not rats, test on humans!
  • by Darlene Location: KY on Nov 13, 2008 at 05:52 PM
    Put the victims pictures (instead of tv)in his death row cell. Make him see them and what he has done every day. Play a childs cry every day (instead of the radio). Make him eat the 3 little meals a day buit no snacks or anything else. Lable his little tiny new home with his name on the door, Home of the child killer. Make him suffer the rest of his life. I would not as the mother want him to die like he wants. I would make him pay by sitting there the next what...50-60 years! If I was that mother I would sent him letters, Go visit and all it would be is constant stories of my childrens lives. God Bless this mother and family of the children that was taken from them. If he is going to die anyway, let someone rape him and then do to him what he did to the others. Do I sound hateful? Good!
  • by WAYNE HUDSON Location: MOREHEAD on Nov 13, 2008 at 05:24 PM
    HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUT TO DEATH WHEN HE WAS CONVICTED, QUIT WASTING OUT TAX DOLLARS AND GIVE HIM WHAT HE DESERVES! SAME GOES FOR ALL OTHER INMATES ON DEATH ROW, QUIT WASTING OUR MONEY!
  • by Frank Location: Lexington on Nov 13, 2008 at 02:41 PM
    The Bishops need to get over it. This man was a COLD BLOODED killer and justice must be served.
  • by marcia Location: new york on Nov 12, 2008 at 11:18 AM
    I think the Bishops should keep their noses out of Chapman's business and let him be executed for what he did to that family. It was his request to be put to death so let him have his wish and let the family put this tragedy behind them.
  • by Pat Location: Eubank on Nov 12, 2008 at 09:10 AM
    I think he needs to pay for this horrendous crime with his life. God did not spare murderers. I believe the Bible teaches that you have to accept the responsibility for your actions and take the consequences. I think one of the arguments is to give him time to repent, he has had the time to repent and hopefully he is truly sorry for this crime, but that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve to have his sentenced carried out
  • by Deb Location: Florida on Nov 12, 2008 at 04:03 AM
    HUH,Really!?! I wonder if the children were given the chance to beg to stay alive? Look at him weaping, trying to look pitiful. I do not pretend to be God and decide who lives or dies. But on the same scale my God says to also obey man's law. If they do not want to use some of the laws then why have them? Let's just let this creep go with just a slap on the wrist; is that better?
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