LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal appeals court will hear
arguments over whether a judge made the correct decision in
throwing out the death sentence of a western Kentucky man who
pleaded guilty to killing an honor student in 1997.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals set the case of
37-year-old Robert Keith Woodall for 2 p.m. EST Tuesday in
Woodall pleaded guilty in 1998 to kidnapping 16-year-old Sarah
Hansen from a store in Greenville. A jury sentenced him to death
for the murder and life in prison for kidnapping and rape.
U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell in 2009 overturned the
death sentence, finding that a state judge improperly instructed
the jury before sentencing.