posted on Dec, 5 2004 @ 07:28 PM
In what legal experts call a rare occurrence, a man has not only asked the judge to allow him to plead guilty, but has asked to receive the death
penalty as well. The defendant, Marco Allen Chapman, in due back in court on Monday where a doctor will offer testimony on his mental state. Experts
on both side of the death penalty have been unable to offer up statistics showing the number of cases where the defendant pleads guilty and requests
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In what experts say is a rare occurrence, a man accused of murdering two children and attacking their mother has asked a judge to
let him plead guilty and to sentence him to death.
"I only wish the judge to sentence me to death so no one can feel responsible for another's death, including mine," Marco Allen Chapman wrote in a
letter to Circuit Judge Tony Frohlich read in court in October.
Chapman, 32, is due back in court Tuesday, when a doctor is expected to testify about his mental state and whether he understands what a guilty plea
and death sentence would mean.
"His request is very well thought out," Linda Tally Smith, who is prosecuting Chapman, said last week. "The big question is, will he change his mind
and what do we do if he does?"
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Its all pretty cut and dry it seems till the person changes his mind down the road. The article point to a case where th convict later decided he did
not want to do this. The court let it stand. As legal experts point out, if he did it and freely admits it we should have a quick execution (pun
intended) of his sentence. It is very nice of him to save the taxpayers of Kentucky all that money