WoodallMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (4/23/14) ― The Supreme Court of the United States has said there will be no new sentencing hearing for Robert Keith Woodall, who confessed to the death of a 16-year-old Muhlenberg County girl in 1997.

In a 6-3 ruling Wednesday, the federal ruled that Woodall's death sentence for kidnapping, raping and murdering the Sarah Hanson, when he abducted her from the Minit Mart in Greenville.

The 6th District Court of Appeals had upheld a federal ruling that the judge in the murder trial should have instructed the jury to not draw negative conclusions from the fact Woodall did not take the stand in the 1998 sentencing hearing.

To read a previous story on the case, go to: http://surfky.com/index.php/component/content/article/51-top-news-for-all-sites/42351-former-lawman-recalls-murder-case-as-supreme-court-ponders-sentencing-technicality.

To read the entire decision, go to: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/slipopinions.aspx – click on docket number 12-794.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4189

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3525

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3362

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2917

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2824

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15577

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8493

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 03, 2015 1465

Two Injured During Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1426

Teen Injured During Collision with Police Cruiser

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1324

Alleged Littering Leads to Drug Arrest

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 1150

Faith Baptist Hosts Family Fun Day

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 915

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 783

Dave Says - May 3, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
May 03, 2015 725

2015 Correctional Employees' Week Celebrated…

by Michael Caudill
May 02, 2015 681

Conquering the clutter: Cleanliness with kids is…

by SurfKY News
May 02, 2015 673

Baptist Health Hosts Annual ‘Bike Safety Day’

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News