Ky. man handling own death penalty case

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 6:33 AM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A southern Kentucky man plans to take his life in his hands in a death penalty trial.

Lawrence Robert Stinnett has told a judge he will question witnesses, make opening and closing statements and make and respond to objections when his trial on charges of murder and kidnapping starts on Tuesday.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports that the 50-year-old Stinnett faces the charges after the Feb. 3, 2006 death of 29-year-old Christina Renshaw.

Renshaw was found dead by Bowling Green police officers. Police went to Renshaw's apartment to investigate a domestic violence call and found Renshaw lying unconscious on the floor in the hall.

Authorities charged Stinnett and Alanda Latonia Lewis of Oklahoma of beating Renshaw in the apartment Stinnett and Renshaw shared. Lewis will be tried separately.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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