Kentucky high court weighing test of self-defense law

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court is weighing two cases involving the state's new self-defense law that allows people to shoot dangerous home invaders without fear of prosecution.

The justices were asked Wednesday morning to determine if the self-defense laws apply retroactively and what, if any, procedures are necessary to determine if the law applies before a case goes to trial.

In one case, public defenders are seeking to overturn the conviction and 45-year sentence of Phillip Leroy Wines, who killed two people.

In a second case, public defender Bruce Hackett argued that the "no retreat" law should have retroactively been applied in the case of Frank Rodgers, who is serving 20 years for manslaughter in a 2004 shooting death.

Prosecutors in both cases argued neither man acted in self-defense.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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