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Condemned Ky. inmate loses appeal on mental state

A Kentucky inmate awaiting execution for the 1990 slayings of a Lexington husband and wife outside their business has lost a challenge to his death sentenced based on his mental state.

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that 59-year-old Thomas Clyde Bowling is not entitled to have his sentence overturned based on a claim of mental disability. The court also ruled that, because Bowling has raised the issue before, he's now barred from bringing it up in the future.

A jury condemned Bowling for the shooting deaths of Eddie and Tina Early. The husband and wife were shot on the morning of April 9, 1990 while sitting in their car before opening their family-owned dry cleaning business; their 2-year-old child was wounded.

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