Federal judge wants lingering capital case moving

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered attorneys in a long-running death penalty case to move toward a resolution.

U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell has set a November meeting date for prosecutors and attorneys for 54-year-old Karu Gene White to set a schedule for resolving the case, which has been pending since 2002.

Caldwell halted proceedings in White's most recent federal appeal while White sought funding in state court to test if he has a mental disability.

White killed 75-year-old Charles Gross, his wife, 74-year-old Lula Gross, and 79-year-old Sam Chaney during a February 1979 robbery in Haddix, a community of about 2,270 people in Breathitt County.

Caldwell ruled that the mental disability claim could proceed in state court. The rest of White's appeal could move forward in federal court.

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