High Court Rules Against Kentucky Death Row Inmate

Jun 11, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence of a Kentucky man who has been awaiting execution for three decades.

The high court Monday overturned a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had granted a new trial to 63-year-old David Eugene Matthews.  Matthews was sentenced to death in 1982 for the slaying of his estranged wife and mother-in-law in Louisville. 

Matthews is Kentucky's second-longest serving death row inmate.  The state is currently in the process of altering its execution method to comply with a state judge's order.