Judge declines to reconsider death row appeal

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has turned down a request from a Kentucky death row inmate to reconsider his reject 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 that 55-year-old Mitchell Willoughby didn’t raise any new issues in his request. Willoughby lost an initial appeal before Bunning in September.

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 they attempted threw the bodies from the Brooklyn Bridge in Jessamine County.


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