Baze Not Sorry For Shooting Sheriff, Deputy; Fights Execution

EDDYVILLE, KY -- Ralph Baze says he's through apologizing for gunning down Powell County Sheriff Steve Bennett and Deputy Arthur Briscoe on Jan. 30, 1992, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.

He says now, as he said then, that he shot the lawmen in a desperate attempt to save his own life.

"I've done all the apologizing I'm going to do," Baze said in a recent prison interview. "They either believe me or they don't."

Baze also makes no apologies for working since his 1993 murder conviction and death sentence to persuade the appellate courts to free him, reports the Courier-Journal

"I'm not going to throw my hands up and not try to even save my life," he said.

But those efforts have left the families of Baze's victims with a bitter resentment that has simmered for the past 15 years.

"It makes me sick," said Carl Briscoe, as he talks about how the man who shot his brother in the back of the head is today sitting comfortably in a cell in Eddyville.

This week, the case garners national attention as the United States Supreme Court considers it, and another from Kentucky, as part of an argument that lethal injection is a cruel and unusual punishment, reports The C-J.

Attorneys for Baze and Thomas Clyde Bowling Jr., who was convicted of murdering a Lexington couple and wounding their toddler in 1990, sued Kentucky three years ago, saying the drugs involved in lethal injection cause unnecessary pain. After losing that challenge in the Kentucky Supreme Court in November 2006, they petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for review.

In a recent prison interview, Baze said he knows the Supreme Court decision -- no matter what it is -- won't result in his release, reports the newspaper.

"The lethal injection (argument) is something one of my attorneys felt necessary to do," Baze said. "It is litigation that's time had come, and I just happened to be one of the people in the position where it could be filed under my name."

Copyright: The Louisville Courier-Journal
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  • by Mary Location: Jackson on Jan 8, 2008 at 10:06 PM
    I didn't think these two heartless murderers thought up this "inhumaine" scheme by themselves. One of them admitted THEIR LAWYER wanted them to do it just to use their name. Maybe that lawyer should try out the lethal injection just to see if it works or not. It would be good enough for him for putting these beasts up to spending MORE tax payers hard earned money. Like another one said..if the needle hurts too bad then bring out the chair & fry them. I bet that chair has pain with it & I hope it does. The victims & their families hurt and the families will always hurt...but pardon us if we don't give a rats butt if these beasts suffer a little..but I hope its a lot. Our country is way too soft on these criminals or they would think twice if they KNEW there would be a REAL price to pay before they decided to shoot someone in the back or bury a child alive.
  • by Brad Location: Lexington on Jan 8, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    LYNN: You can go hug a tree too. The bible says an eye for an eye so this "person" killed 02 innocent men trying to do a job so he should die. If he is to much of a coward to take the needle then we can just shoot him in the back of the head like the one man that he shot. And the statement only one of him to take care of? Get real lady that are thousands of folks across the country that have killed innocent people like he did.
  • by Brandi Location: Powell County on Jan 8, 2008 at 05:20 PM
    "I'm not going to throw my hands up and not try to even save my life," - too bad Bennett & Briscoe couldn't save their own lives... Now this waste of my good taxpaying money sits on death row living better than I do?! Give me break, this is a complete joke! He claims that lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment, but yet murdering two innocent people is NOT?! Bring him back to Stanton, see how long he thinks lethal injection sounds inhumane then...
  • by police Location: officer on Jan 8, 2008 at 01:35 PM
    This is exactly why you are going to die. Burn in hell..
  • by LYNN Location: HERE on Jan 8, 2008 at 03:33 AM
    WHAT WOULD YOU PEOPLE DO IF THIS WAS ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, WOULD YOU STILL FEE; THE SAME WAY?I DONT BELEIVE IT IS RIGHT TO TAKE SOMEONES LIFE . BUT WHAT YOU ALL WANT TO DO TO THIS MAN IS NOT RIGHT NEITHER.HE IS PAYING FOR WHAT HE DONE. WE MIGHT AS WELL TAKE CARE OF HIM WE THE WORKING CLASSTAKE CARE OF ALL THOSE WOMAN THAT GO OUT HAVE ALL THOSE BABYS AND WAIT ON A CHECK, SO TO ME THERE IS KNOW DIFFERENCE.THERE IS ONLY ONE OF HIM TO TAKE CARE OF NOTFIVE OR SIX.
  • by Lisa Location: KY on Jan 8, 2008 at 12:49 AM
    Once again, why should the powers that be concern themselves with this man's comfort / lack of comfort. This can be settled in one short drop.....from the end of a rope in the local court house yard.
  • by Gail Location: Lawrenceburg on Jan 7, 2008 at 06:13 PM
    For the first time I can remember, I am ashamed to be from Kentucky. Currently, The US Supreme Court is contemplating the idiotic notion that lethal injection is inhumane. Courts in other states have stayed executions until the outcome; families across the nation have their lives on hold because of this case. Yes, prisoners have been exonerated with new DNA evidence, but that is now what we are looking at here. Baze admittedly shot two police officers; he states it was self defense; however, they were both shot in the back. In an interview with the Herald-Leader, Baze describes the third drug given during lethal injection as "liquid fire. You feel like you're burning up inside." I really don't care. I do not care if Angel Diaz took 34 minutes to die. If you are committed of a felony you should lose your rights. I don't care about their rights; if a person chooses to commit capital murder they should have to suffer the consequences of that decision.
  • by J Location: KY on Jan 7, 2008 at 03:36 PM
    Well Mr. Bill from Clay City, I would guess you would sing another tune if it was a loved one of yours that Baze killed. Funny how you holier-than-thou bunch like to spout off at the mouth about the death penalty. These criminals do not deserve forgiveness, they do not deserve anything but having their life ended. They had no compassion for their victims, they should not get any in return. Why don't you go talk to the victim's families and tell them your expert opinion. Bet you don't get a standing ovation from them.
  • by Brad Location: Lexington on Jan 7, 2008 at 03:11 PM
    Liberals, liberals, liberals. Read the story above. This "person" has no remorse and as the headline says.."not sorry" for the killings. He shot one of those men in the back of the head and showed no concern for the fact that was cruel and unusal so carry out his sentence the same way that he killed that man! Heck, folks should not even kill an animal that way and he took a human life that way so take his that way. The execution of his sentence is long over due as well as his "15 minutes of fame" is getting well beyond ridiculous. I just hope that our new governor has the gall to sign the death warrant and put this man where he belongs...IN THE GROUND! BILL: What about the rights of the victims that this "person's" actions created? What if it had of been your family?!? Also, go hug a tree or something.
  • by bill Location: clay city on Jan 7, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    baze still has rights, ok he made a mistake, he says he was just defending his selfe, has any-body check out his story. you people are so ready to kill some-one, so much violence in this country, I hope they over turn it and abolish the death penalty and let baze move back to stanton, then we will see how many of you bad boys will open your mouth then???? I would say none of you, your cowards that hide behind this board. baze has showed he is not afraid to kill, how about it if they over-turn his convictions.
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