Death Row Inmate, Marco Allen Chapman, asks for quick execution
On Thursday Aug. 21, 2008, the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Marco Chapman. Chapman plead guilty in 2004 to the stabbing deaths of 7 year old Chelbi Sharon and 6 year old Cody Sharon and to attacking their mother Carolyn Marksberry and older sister Courtney Sharon in Warsaw, Kentucky.
Chapman has from his arrest asked for the death penalty. He waived a jury trial and asked Boone Circuit Judge Tony Frohlich to impose the death penalty. The Department of Public Advocacy advanced the mandatory appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
One of the issues raised by his appellate attorneys was that he was asking for the state to kill him and that this was evidence of his incompetency. The court held that the facts of this case did not warrant such a conclusion. Chapman has said he didn’t want to have to go through a trial and didn’t want to put the victims and their family through a trial.
He has accepted responsibility for his actions, and this is not per se evidence of incompetence.
Kentucky has executed only two inmates since the death penalty was restored in 1976