Thursday, June 17, 2010
KY High Court Vacates Death Sentence
The Kentucky Supreme Court has thrown out the death sentence of a man saying he was "improperly subjected to the death penalty" during a retrial in southern Kentucky. The ruling, issued Thursday in Frankfort, upholds 29-year-old Phillip Brown's conviction for the January 2001 stabbing and beating death of Sherry Bland in Columbia in Adair County during a robbery. Brown was convicted of murder in Bland's death in Columbia in 2003 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years. That conviction was overturned and the trial moved to nearby Warren County. At the second trial in 2006, a jury handed down a death sentence. Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson wrote that the life sentence after the first trial precluded a death sentence in the second trial.