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Death row inmate fights for hip-replacement surgery

This Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 photo shows Kentucky State Penitentiary death row inmate Robert Foley at the Eddyville, Ky. State Penitentiary.

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EDDYVILLE, Ky. -- A Kentucky death row inmate has renewed his request for a federal court order requiring the state to arrange hip-replacement surgery for him.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Robert Foley's request has been turned down by a federal judge twice since his hip gave out in July. Foley's hip surgery could cost more than $50,000.

In 2012 the Department of Corrections looked for a hospital willing to do the surgery, but a half-dozen declined.

Foley's attorneys say a doctor recommended the surgery in August, and say the surgery could be done at Baptist Health Paducah Hospital.

Foley was convicted of shooting two brothers to death in Laurel County in 1991, and of shooting four people in Laurel County in 1989 and covering their bodies in an unused septic tank.

Sharon Vaughn McGeorge, who was only a teenager when her father, Rodney Vaughn, and uncle Lynn Vaughn, were murdered, told CBS affiliate WKYT in 2010: "I don't think I will ever have peace in my life..... until Robert Foley is executed."