Victor D. Taylor

Victor D. Taylor Then and Now

Male/Black 24 years old at the time

Victims: Scott Nelson, Richard Stephenson

On September 29, 1984 Victor D. Taylor kidnapped, robbed, bound, gagged and executed Scott Nelson and Richard Stephenson,two high school students who became lost on their way to a football game, in Lousiville, Kentucky. The killer sodomized one of the victims before executing him. Taylor told four people he had killed the victims. The personal property of the victims was found in his possession.

Victor D. Taylor was arrested on October 4, 1984 and was sentenced to death May 23, 1986.

Vincent Stopher


Vincent Stopher Then and Now

Male/White 24 years old at the time

Victim: Deputy Gregory Hans

On March 10, 1997 Vincent Stopher was assaulting a man in Jefferson County when Deputy Gregory Hans pulled over to assist the assault victim. While Hans was exiting his vehicle, Stopher struggled with the deputy, taking his gun. Stopher then used the deputy’s gun to shoot him in the face, killing him.

Vincent Stopher was sentenced to death March 23, 1998 in Jefferson County.

Michael St. Clair


Michael St. Clair Then and Now

Male/White 34 years old at the time

Victim: Frances C. Bradey

Michael St. Clair escaped from an Oklahoma jail where he was awaiting trial for two murder charges. He carjacked a man in Colorado for his truck and then shot the man. He then traveled to a Bullitt County rest-stop on October 6, 1991, where he carjacked Frances C. Brady. He took Brady to an isolated area where he handcuffed him and then shot him twice, killing him. He then returned to the rest-stop where he burned Brady’s car and shot at a state policeman while being apprehended.

Michael St. Clair was sentenced to death September 14, 1998 for murder in Bullitt County. On February 20, 2001, St. Clair received a second death sentence in Hardin County for the capital kidnapping charge. The Bullitt County death sentence for murder was reversed and remanded to conduct a new capital sentencing phase due to the trial courts instruction erroneously failed to permit the jury to consider a sentence of life without the possibility of probation or parole. However, in 2005 a new Bullitt County jury again sentenced St. Clair to death. In Octboer 2005, the Hardin County death sentence for capital kidnapping was reversed and remanded due to various trial errors.

David Lee Sanders

David Lee Sanders

David Sanders Then and Now

Male/White 27 years old at the time

Victims: Jim Brandenburg, Wayne Hatch

On January 28,1987 David Lee Sanders executed Jim Brandenburg and Wayne Hatch by shooting them in the back of the head during a grocery store robbery in Madison County. One victim died almost instantly, the other died two days later. The killer confessed to these crimes and to the attempted execution of another grocery storekeeper one month earlier in which the victim survived a gunshot to the back of his head.

David Lee Sanders was sentenced to death June 5, 1987.

Parramore Sanborn

Parramore Sanborn Then and Now

Male/White 38 at the time

Victim: Barbara Heilman

On October 12, 1983 Parramore Sanborn kidnapped, raped, sodomized, and murdered Barbara Heilman, a mother of three, in Henry County. He tore the victim’s hair, stabbed her nine times, and dumped her body alongside a country road.

Sanborn was originally tried and found guilty of capital murder on March 8, 1984. The court imposed the death sentence on March 16, 1984. The Kentucky Supreme Court’s reversal of Sanborn’s conviction in June, 1988 resulted in a new trial in October, 1989. Sanborn was again found guilty of murder, kidnapping, rape and sodomy in a retrial in Louisville Kentucky and sentenced to death May 14, 1991 in Henry County.

Melvin Lee Parrish

Melvin Lee Parrish Then and Now

Male/Black 34 at the time

Victims: Rhonda Allen, LaShawn Allen, Jonathan Allen 

On December 5, 1997, Melvin Lee Parrish stabbed and killed his cousin Rhonda Allen who was six-months pregnant, and her 10 year-old-son LaShawn Allen. Parrish also stabbed Rhonda Allen’s 5-year-old son Jonathan 9 times. The five year-old survived and was able to identify the killer as the person who stabbed his mother and brother to death. Parrish was trying to take money from the woman when the murders occurred.

Melvin Lee Parrish was sentenced to death February 1, 2001 in Jefferson County for the murder of Jonathan Allen. He was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of Rhonda allen, 20 years enhanced to life for the attempted murder of Jonathan Allen and 20 years enhanced to 50 years for the robbery.

Brian Moore

Brian Moore Then and Now

Male/White 22 years old at the time

Victim: Virgil Harris

In Jefferson County in 1979, Brian Moore kidnapped, robbed, and executed Virgil Harris, an elderly man who begged for his life. The killer drew a gun on the victim as he was returning to his car in a grocery store parking lot. He commandeered the car and threw the victim down an embankment several miles away. Moore then shot Harris from point blank range on the top of the head, in the face below the right eye, inside the right ear, and behind the right ear. Moore returned hours later to remove a wristwatch from the body. Virgil Harris had been on his way to celebrate his 77th birthday with his adult children.

Brian Moore was sentenced to death November 29, 1984.

John Mills


John Mills Then and Now

Male/White 25 years old at the time.

Victim: Arthur Phipps

On August 30, 1985 John Mills murdered  his 79-year-old landlord, Arthur Phipps, during a burglary and robbery in Knox County.  This killer stabbed the victim 29 times and struck him in the head five times with a blunt object. He stole the victim’s change purse containing $4.60.

John Mills was sentenced to death October 18, 1996.

William Harry Meece

William Harry Meece Then and Now.

Male/White 31 years old at the time.

Victims: Joseph Wellnitz, Elizabeth Wellnitz, Dennis Wellnitz

William Harry Meece burglarized a family’s home in Adair County in 2003. On February 26, 2003 he shot Joseph andElizabeth Wellnitz and their son, Dennis Wellnitz in their home, in Columbia,KY.

Meece was convicted of 3 counts of Murder, Burglary in the 1st Degree and Robbery in the 1st Degree. He was originally indicted in Adair County , case 03-CR-00020. However, on June 30, 2006 a change of venue was entered and the case was moved to Warren County, case 06-CR-00656.

William Harry Meece was sentenced to death November 9, 2006.

David Eugene Matthews


David Eugene Matthews Then and Now.

Male/White 33 years old at the time.

Victims: Mary Matthews, Magdalene Cruse

On June 29, 1981 David Matthews burglarized the home of his estranged wife, Mary Matthews’, in Jefferson County. He executed Magdalene Cruse, his mother-in-law, by shooting her in the back of the head: she agonized and convulsed for 8 hours before dying.

David Eugene Matthews was tried and convicted on October 8, 1982. He was then sentenced to death November 11, 1982.

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