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Bishops ask Ky. governor to halt execution

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's four Catholic bishops have asked the governor to commute the death sentence of a man scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 21.

Bishops from Louisville, Owensboro, Lexington and Covington want Marco Allen Chapman's sentence commuted against the inmate's wishes.

The four bishops said in a written statement that executing the 36-year-old Chapman "demeans us all." The group met with Gov. Steve Beshear in July and renewed their request on Tuesday.

Chapman pleaded guilty in 2004 and asked to be executed for killing two young children and attacking their mother and older sibling in northern Kentucky.

Since then, Chapman has sought to fire his attorneys and waive all of his appeals.

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