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Kentucky Prosecutor to Ask for Death Penalty Reinstated in Woodall Murder Trial

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a death row inmate condemned for the kidnapping and killing of a high school honor student.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a death row inmate condemned for the kidnapping and killing of a high school honor student.

A Kentucky prosecutor will argue for the justices to reinstate the death sentence of 39-year-old Robert Keith Woodall. A jury sentenced him to die for the 1997 death of 16-year-old Sarah Hansen of Greenville.

But a U.S. district judge overturned it in 2009 because jurors were improperly instructed before sentencing. Woodall's attorneys had also argued he didn't get a chance to object to the dismissal of a black juror.

The case will be heard later this year or in the Spring of 2014.
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