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Beshear Won't Halt Execution

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he won't take action to halt Friday's scheduled execution of Death Row inmate Marco Allen Chapman.Beshear told reporters in Louisville Monday that he's given the matter "a lot of prayerful thought" and carefully reviewed the facts of the case and decided there's no reason to intervene."I still can find no extenuating circumstances that would cause me to not go ahead and have the state carry out the verdict of the court, and the judgement of the court and the sentence of the court, and so the state is going to do that," Beshear said.Chapman is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the murders of two children in northern Kentucky four years ago. He has said he wants to waive his remaining appeals and proceed with his punishment.Beshear says he believes capital punishment is appropriate for heinous crimes and this is a crime of that nature.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.