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Supreme Court Rules Against Convicted Cop-Killer

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky death row inmate convicted of
killing a sheriff and a deputy trying to arrest him has lost an appeal before the state Supreme Court.

Kentucky's high court ruled Wednesday that Ralph Baze's trial, which took place in Rowan County, was held in the proper place. The 1992 crime was committed in Powell County, but the trial was moved to Rowan County.

Baze's attorney, assistant public advocate David Barron, said he had not finished reviewing the ruling and did not have an immediate comment.

Baze was convicted of the shooting deaths of Sheriff Steve Bennett and Deputy Arthur Briscoe who were serving warrants on him.

Baze had been scheduled for execution in September 2007, but the
Supreme Court halted it because of the question over whether it was
proper to move the trial.

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


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