KY Death Row Inmate Loses Bid for Hearing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky death row inmate convicted of killing a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy has lost his bid for an evidentiary hearing.

But, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn ordered Louisville police and prosecutors to turn over the investigative file into the case of 41-year-old Vincent Christian Stopher as well as several witnesses in his case. Heyburn said he will review those files behind closed doors before determining if Stopher's attorneys can view them.

Heyburn rejected Stopher's request for an evidentiary hearing, saying he could request it again later if necessary.

Stopher was sentenced to death March 23, 1998, in Jefferson County. On March 10, 1997, Deputy Sheriff Gregory Hans went to the home of Stopher and Kathleen Becker. During a struggle, Stopher obtained the deputy's 9mm pistol and shot Hans.

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