The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal in the long-running case of an escaped inmate from an Oklahoma prison facing a death sentence in the fatal kidnapping of a Kentucky distillery worker. A federal appeals court, meanwhile, will hear the case of a Kentucky death row inmate convicted of killing two people in Louisville later this year.
The state justices will hear the case of Michael Dale St. Clair on March 13th in Frankfort. St. Clare is appealing the conviction and sentence out of Hardin County in the 1991 kidnapping of Francis "Frank" Brady of Bardstown. Prosecutors say St. Clare and an accomplice snatched Brady from a rest stop along I-65. Brady was later found shot to death in neighboring Bullitt County.
St. Clare has also been sentenced to death in Bullitt County on a charge of murder. The justices heard an appeal in that case in February.
Randy Steidl has faced death twice and lived to tell about it. He was released from prison in Illinois in 2004 after spending 17 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. He now travels the country speaking against the death penalty and was a guest on WKU Public Radio's "Morning Edition" this morning to talk about his trial, his more than 6,000 days behind bars, and his life since he regained his freedom.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the case of a Kentucky death row inmate awaiting execution for the slaying of three people in Adair County in 1993. The high court on Monday issued its decision without comment on the appeal brought by 39-year-old William Harry Meece.