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.