LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected a request from a Kentucky death row inmate for funds to pay for a MRI to be used with an expected clemency petition.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on Friday concluded that pursuing clemency from the state is not a proper use of federal funds. The decision turned away 64-year-old David Eugene Matthews as he prepares to ask Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to spare his life.
Matthews was condemned for the murder of his estranged wife, Mary "Marlene" Matthews, and mother-in-law, Magdalene Cruse, in Louisville on June 29, 1981.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Matthews' death sentence in 2011. The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death sentence in 2012.