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Documents: Video made of moments before executions

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By BRETT BARROUQUERE
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KFVS/AP) - Kentucky officials videotaped condemned inmates heading for the death chamber in two of the state's executions.

The Associated Press learned of the existence of the tapes through public records requests.

The Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the Department of Corrections are locked in a dispute with public defenders over access to the execution chamber as part of ongoing litigation over how the state carries out lethal injections.

The records show that a surveillance camera video exists of Harold McQueen's transfer to the execution chamber at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville on July 1, 1997, but not his actual death. A letter rejecting a public records request for that tape and similar videos of the lead up to the executions of Eddie Lee Harper in 1999 and Marco Allen Chapman in 2008 acknowledges their existence.

The videos haves never been made public.

According to the Kentucky Department of Corrections, there are no videotapes of executions in Kentucky.

"The sole footage is from existing stationary cameras on the cellhouse walk outside the chamber," said Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson in a press release sent Wednesday evening.

She continued:

"We are extremely disappointed with the misleading statements contained in today's Associated Press Story regarding executions in Kentucky. Given the sensitive subject matter, we worked closely with the reporter to provide him clear information so the public would know and understand the facts."

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press also contributed to this story.


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