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Since the reinstation of capital punishment in the United States in 1976, three people have been executed in Kentucky. All three were executed for murder.

Executed person Date of execution Method Victims Under Governor
1 Harold McQueen, Jr. 1 July 1997 electrocution Rebecca O'Hearn Paul Patton
2 Edward Lee Harper, Jr. 25 May 1999 lethal injection Alice Harper and Edward Lee Harper, Sr. Paul Patton
3 Marco Allen Chapman 21 November 2008 lethal injection Chelbi Sharon and Cody Sharon Steve Beshear

Another execution of note in Kentucky was that of Rainey Bethea. On 14 August 1936 by hanging for the rape of 70-year-old Lischia Edwards. He had confessed to her strangling but the Commonwealth indicted him only on the rape charge since that was the only capital crime for which the penalty was hanging. It was to be the last public hanging in the United States; the execution was witnessed by thousands in downtown Owensboro.

The first person legally executed by the state of Kentucky was Jereboam O. Beauchamp, for the murder of Solomon P. Sharp.

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