Former SC death row inmate now up for parole

This April 23, 2010 photo provided by the SC Department of Corrections shows Edward Lee Elmore, 51. Elmore, who had been the longest-serving inmate on South Carolina’s death row, was moved to another prison earlier this year after a judge ruled him mentally unfit to be executed and he was sentenced to life in prison. Elmore had been scheduled to have a parole hearing Wednesday, October 20, 2010, but that proceeding was delayed at the request of his own attorney.

COLUMBIA - The man who spent more time on South Carolina's death row than any other current inmate could soon be set free.


The state Parole Board is hearing a request today from 51-year-old Edward Lee Elmore.

Earlier this year, a judge ruled Elmore mentally unfit to be executed. In April, another judge sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Elmore had been on death row since 1982, when he was convicted of the murder of Dorothy Edwards. The 75-year-widow had been stabbed 52 times when she was found inside a bedroom closet at her Greenwood home, with 11 broken ribs, head wounds and lacerated organs.

Elmore is also appealing his case in federal court. His attorney says Elmore is nervous about life outside prison.




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