SHEPHERDSVILLE - The new sentencing phase for Michael St. Clair will be held in Bullitt Circuit Court starting in mid-October.
It would come nearly 20 after the murder of Francis Brady, a Bardstown resident.
The jury will not determine guilt or innocence for St. Clair, who was convicted in 1998 of the murder. The jury will decide for a third time the proper sentence to recommend for the man who remains in the state corrections system.
The sentencing phase will be repeated for a third time after the state Supreme Court previously overturned decisions due to flaws during the proceedings.
During a recent hearing before special judge Michael Conliffe, St. Clair said he would be participating in the general jury selection process, set to begin Oct. 18.
Attorneys for the state attorney general’s office and the defense will meet on Oct. 17 to deal with any last-minute motions.
Dana Todd, the lone member remaining from the original prosecution team, said she was concerned about any defense for mental illness or any expert witnesses that would be presented.
St. Clair said he has been examined and he won’t be questioned by anyone who makes fun of him.
But the defendant did object to the attorney general’s office handling the case due to a federal lawsuit he filed as part of arguments against drugs used to kill inmates on death row.
He accused the attorney general’s office of drug dealing as it is using medicine not approved by the FDA for its lethal injections.
The judge stated that St. Clair had taken the proper steps in the legal system.
But St. Clair said that the state had bought expensive drugs to kill people.
Much of the sentencing will be reading transcripts from the previous proceedings, although some live testimony is also expected.
St. Clair, who has also been convicted of murders in other states, has allegations of arson and kidnapping in Hardin County for his involvement in the Brady case.
In 1991, St. Clair and Dennis Reece took Brady’s truck in Hardin County and drove to a remote area off Old Boston Road near Lebanon Junction. The Bardstown man was then killed.
Reece previously entered a guilty plea.
The two men had broken out of an Oklahoma prison and then began a trek which led them to Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.