Ky. court denies appeal in death case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has denied a motion that would have halted Friday's scheduled execution of confessed child killer Marco Chapman.

Chief Justice John Minton signed an order Thursday denying a request by a Louisville attorney to stop the execution.

The attorney, Philip Longmeyer, had questioned whether the Kentucky Department of Corrections should have held public hearings before adopting regulations that specify how lethal injections are administered.

Supreme Court justices unanimously reached the decision Thursday afternoon.

If the execution is carried out, Chapman would become the first Kentucky inmate put to death since 1999.

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