Death sentence switched to life for Eastern Kentucky man guilty of murder

Published: Nov. 18, 2019 at 4:33 PM EST
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An Eastern Kentucky man on death row for murdering a student has worked out a deal to convert his death sentence into a life sentence without parole.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman approved a motion Friday to set aside 69-year-old Roger Dale Epperson’s death sentence and re-sentence him to life without parole.

Epperson, who is from Perry County, was convicted of murdering 23-year-old Tammy Dee Acker in August 1985. The University of Kentucky student was fatally stabbed during a robbery at her father’s home in Letcher County.

Epperson has an appeal pending in federal court of his conviction and sentence which could have gone on until Epperson was in his 80s.

The judge and Acker’s family agreed that if Epperson would give up the appeal of his conviction the death sentence would be removed.

Epperson is still under a death sentence for the June 1985 murders of Edwin Morris, 65, and his wife Bessie Morris, 69.

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