Governor Will Not Stop Execution

The execution of a Kentucky death row inmate, who's said he wants to die, took another step forward Monday.

Governor Beshear now says he will not stop Marco Chapman's execution, which is scheduled for Friday.

Chapman was sentenced to death for killing two children.

Governor Beshear says he will not interfere with the decision to execute convicted killer Marco Chapman.

That announcement put an end to efforts from religious leaders.

In a last chance effort to try and save his life, the Kentucky Council of Churches met with Beshear, trying to persuade him to grant Chapman clemency.

The gist of the argument is two wrongs do not make a right, saying killing Chapman would be suicide by the state.

At the end of the meeting, the governor told the council he would pray on a decision.

According to a statement from the governor's office, Beshear says without any further legal obstacles, the state will proceed with the execution, scheduled for this Friday.

The catholic Conference of Kentucky has prayer vigils planned in response to the execution, including one in Lexington Thursday night.

They'll also be at the State Penitentiary in Eddyville Friday night, where Chapman's execution will be carried out.

He would be the third person executed in Kentucky since the death penalty was reinstated, more than 30 years ago.

The last person executed was Edward Lee Harper, Junior back in 1999.


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  • by Tim Location: Lexington on Nov 20, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    Barry Location: floyd county you are ignorant. How you can you judge the Gov. for making a decision. Doesn't the bible say judge not lest ye be judged. Chapman says that he wants to be executed and by God we need to kill his @$$. Please quit trying to act like everyone has to believe the same way you do. This man is a murderer, if you want to be like the bible this man would have his stomache cut open and hogs would be eating his intestines. Please someone give chapman a gun and one bullet, so much cheaper and way more effective.
  • by Kathy Location: Pike Co. on Nov 20, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    I see it this way if "The Church" wants to keep him from dying then they should pay for him staying in jail for the rest of his life!! I wonder if they was willing to offer that?
  • by No name Location: kY on Nov 20, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    I fully agree with Christine. This man will get eternal judgement from God, but we have human laws that need to be carried out.
  • by anon Location: ky on Nov 20, 2008 at 04:51 AM
    CHAPMAN, MARCO ALLEN, DOB 9-4-71, was convicted of murder, 2 counts; attempted murder, 2 counts; rape I; burglary I; robbery I and PFO II. He was formally sentenced on 12-14-2004 to death. In the early morning of August 23, 2002, Marco Chapman murdered a 7-year old girl and a 6-year old boy in their home in Warsaw, Kentucky (Gallatin County). Both the children's throats had been slit and they had multiple lacerations and stab wounds on their bodies. Their 10-year old sister played dead after being stabbed several times. The children's mother's hands were bound with duct tape and she was tied to a bed frame. She was raped and stabbed in the chest with a knife that broke off in her chest. She was later stabbed with a larger knife and left for dead. After stabbing the victims, Chapman burglarized the home and left the scene. He was arrested later the same day by state police in West Virginia. yeah...so he deserves what he gets...
  • by michelle Location: lex ky on Nov 20, 2008 at 01:52 AM
    Only God sits in judgement of the man who took the lives of his children now. We as his peers have done what the laws of the Commonwealth Of Ky have Asked. This My friends is called Due Process. If only the enforcers of the laws were a bit more expedient about carrying out the sentences handed down. Prison should not be a life so much better than most of the American People have. Most work hard and save to do better for their children, so that they can live a better life. Only you have persons that do such unspeakable acts and are treated so well,lost freedom in this way is something a homeless person could only imagine
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Nov 20, 2008 at 01:35 AM
    What is wrong with society? This man took the life of another human being. Nothing gave him that right. NOTHING! If our justice system was like it used to be, maybe or USA finances wouldn't be the way it is, all that money spent to house and feed all the rapist, murders, child molesters, could be used for education, homeless, etc. An eye for an eye sounds real good. Real Good!
  • by Sharon Location: Ky. on Nov 19, 2008 at 07:14 PM
    Sorry- NO SYMAPHTY HERE !!!
  • by JPB Location: KY on Nov 19, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    Good for the Gov. About time. I am sick and tired of my tax money paying to keep these baby killers in comfort. These sorry excuses for human beings live better than some families out there..don't you see that as wrong? When they convict these killers, give them 30 days in jail and then execute them...quit wasting time and money on them!
  • by madison county dude Location: richmond on Nov 19, 2008 at 03:30 PM
    OK ekydude the point is what you stated, no religion shall be the established religion is not the issue, nor is the complaint that the bishops went to the governor, remember the founding fathers (some of them) had to flee because of persecution over their faith. All of us as citizens are afforded the opportunity to worship as we please, I think what richmond is saying is that the state has to look out for the welfare/concerns of us all, not a secular group(s). I am sure that the governor was fair in listening to the bishops as he did, the governor has ordered what I am sure is a decision the majority of us wish to see carried out. Chapman rolled the dice he craped out, do you want him moved to 200 Road to Justice in West Liberty? No you do not! You are right it does not make us right or wrong and we are allowed the right to dissent, gotta love America!
  • by skeptical Location: prefer not to say on Nov 19, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    I THINK THE MAN WAS TRYING TO USE REVERSE PYSCHOLOGY WHEN HE ASKED FOR DEATH, AND IT BACKFIRED. DO YOU THINK HE COMMITED THOSE CRIMES AND JUST UP AND DECIDED HIS PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE DEATH? BET HE'S REGRETTING ASKING FOR DEATH PENALTY NOW, AND KNOW'S ASKING FOR LIFE WITHOUT PAROL IS OUT OF THE QUESTION....I BELIEVE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW, AND I DON'T THINK THE DECISION WAS HIS TO MAKE. ALL BAD DOER'S SEE JUSTICE, BUT THEIR PUNISHMENT ISN'T DECIDED BY THEM, IF SO IS IT REALLY PUNISHMENT???????

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