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Death Row Inmate Appeals

Death Row Inmate Appeals

Posted - May 20, 2003 at 7:50 a.m.



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Death-row inmate Troy Kell has filed an appeal petition, which is expected to halt his scheduled June 28th execution.

The petition was filed Friday in sixth District Court in Manti.

Judge David Mower has not stayed the death warrant but is expected to do so.

Assistant Utah Attorney Thomas Brunker said the state would not oppose the petition.

The 34-year-old inmate was convicted of the July 1994 slaying of Lonie Blackmon a fellow inmate at the Gunnison Correctional Facility. A prison security camera recorded Kell's attack in which he stabbed Blackmon 67 times with a handmade knife.

Kell claimed he killed in self-defense after Blackmon threatened his life. Prosecutors claimed Kell, a white supremacist, hated Blackmon, who was black.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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