US Supreme Court refuses to hear Wyoming death-penalty case

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of what was Wyoming’s lone inmate on death row, possibly clearing the way for his execution.

Prosecutors plan to ask that 75-year-old Dale Wayne Eaton be put to death for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Lisa Marie Kimmell in 1988.

Kimmell’s body was found in the North Platte River but the case remained unsolved until investigators linked Eaton’s DNA to the case. They dug up Kimmell’s car on Eaton's property in 2002.

Eaton was Wyoming’s only person on death row until a federal appeals court ruled in his favor in 2014.