Appeals court to take up Kentucky death row case

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Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear the case of a Kentucky death row inmate convicted of killing two people in Louisville later this year.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has set an Oct. 1 hearing date in the case of 53-year-old Roger Lamar Wheeler. Wheeler has been condemned to death for the 1997 slayings of Nigel Malone and Nairobi Warfield.

Police say Wheeler was on parole for 10 counts of robbery when the slayings happened.

Police say Malone and Warfield were stabbed multiple times with a pair of scissors and the first detectives on the scene found a blood trail leading from the pair to the street.

Detectives say blood samples collected at the scene matched Wheeler.

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