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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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