Death row inmate sentenced for the fifth time

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - He's already been sentenced to death four times and Wednesday a judge handed down a fifth death sentence for the escaped inmate who killed a Nelson County Man. Michael St. Clair has been sitting on death row since his first conviction 14 years ago.

On the day a judge sentences Michael St. Clair to death for the fifth time for murdering Frank Brady, St. Clair continues to argue that the system is failing him. "I've been waiting over 20 years for a fair trial and out of all the trials," St. Clair told the judge. "I have to honestly say yours is the worstest one judge I've ever seen."

But every time St. Clair gets up in court to fight, Brady's widow is right there fighting too, 21 years after she lost her husband.

"It's been a long journey. It really has. I've spent more time in a courtroom than you can ever imagine. I saved my vacation days when I was working to spend time in the courtroom. I couldn't begin to tell you what all I've done to try to get this to fruition," explains Merle Brady.

Back in 1991, St. Clair kidnapped Brady from a rest stop on I-65 in Hardin County then took him out to the woods in Bullitt County and killed him. He's gone before juries twice in Hardin County and three times in Bullitt County for the crimes. Each time he's been convicted and sentenced to death. Each time he appeals.

Ask anyone in the courtroom this time, including Merle Brady, if they think this sentence will be St. Clair's last, "This is not the end. This is not the end, but we're going to hang in there I'm not a quitter."

She's gained support from complete strangers in her quest along the way. For Wednesday's hearing it was jurors from his trial that ended in January.

"It was just great. I can't explain it. I'm at a loss for words."

She says it's those people, and God, who give her the boost to make it through another step in this journey and keep the faith that there will be an end in her husband's murder case.

St. Clair's execution is set for March 30, but he is already asking for new lawyers to appeal.

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