Judge rejects Kentucky inmate's new trial bid

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Associated Press

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky death row inmate has lost his bid for a new trial and to overturn his death sentences in the slayings of three people in central Kentucky.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Friday found no errors in the case of 55-year-old Mitchell Willoughby that would warrant overturning his convictions.

Willoughby was sentenced to death Sept. 15, 1983 in Fayette County for the participation in the murder of three people with 60-year-old Leif Halvorsen, who also faces execution.

Prosecutors say the two men shot to death Jacqueline Greene, Joe Norman and Joey Durham in a Lexington apartment on Jan. 13, 1983.

Prosecutors say that night they attempted to dispose of the bodies by throwing them from the Brooklyn Bridge in Jessamine County.

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