SCOTUS may reinstate death penalty for KY inmate

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by WHAS11 editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Robert Woodall was sentenced to die after a jury found him guilty for the murder of 16-year-old Sarah Hansen in 1997.

Hansen disappeared in January of 1997 after going into a store in Greenville, KY. Her remains were later found in Luzerne Lake.

In 2009, more than a decade after the murder, a federal judge overturned the death sentence on the grounds that jurors were improperly instructed before sentencing. It was also brought up that Woodall did not get the chance to object to the dismissal of a black juror.

Now, the Supreme Court has granted the prosecutors appeal, which could lead to a possible reinstatement of the death penalty for this Kentucky inmate.

The case will be heard later this year or in the spring of next year.

 

 

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