Federal appeals court to take up case of Kentucky death row inmate in 1997 slayings

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A federal appeals court on Oct. 1 will hear the case of a Kentucky death row inmate convicted of killing two people in Louisville.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will take up the appeal of 53-year-old Roger Lamar Wheeler. Wheeler has been condemned to death for the 1997 slayings of Nigel Malone and Nairobi Warfield.

Police say Wheeler was on parole for 10 counts of robbery when the slayings happened.

Police say Malone and Warfield were stabbed multiple times with scissors and the first detectives on the scene found a blood trail leading from the pair to the street.

Detectives say blood samples collected at the scene matched Wheeler.

Judges Gilbert Merritt, Richard Allen Griffin and Helene White will hear the case.

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