Roy Lee Ward's latest appeal denied
A special judge denies the latest appeal of death row offender Roy Lee Ward, and agrees the original sentence should remain intact. Judge Robert Pigman of Vanderburgh County rejected every claim Ward’s defense team raised. State Attorney General Greg Zoeller says victim Stacy Payne was killed "in a horrifically violent manner by an intruder in her own home." Ward stands sentenced to death for the 2001 murder and rape of the 15-year-old Payne in Spencer County. Ward attacked Payne in the presence of her younger sister and fatally slashed her with a knife. He was still holding that knife when police arrived.