Governor Fletcher Signs Death Warrant For Convicted Killer

For only the third time in the last 30 years, Kentucky is scheduled to execute a death row inmate.
Wednesday, Governor Fletcher signed a death warrant, setting Ralph Baze's execution for September 25.
Baze was convicted for the 1992 murders of Powell County Sheriff Steve Bennett and Deputy Arthur Briscoe.
Many friends and family members of both Bennett and Briscoe say they're glad an execution date has been set, as it's something they've waited years for.
The Powell County courthouse will be closed September 25 in honor of Sheriff Bennett and Deputy Briscoe.
As for signing the death warrant, Governor Fletcher says it was a decision he made after a lot of thought.
"The evidence was clear, there was an admission, and I think it's appropriate to do this," Fletcher said. "It's not something I take lightly, but I think it's a responsibility, it's the right thing to do."
Democratic candidate for governor Steve Beshear would not comment on the Baze case, but does say he supports the death penalty for some crimes.


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  • by Scott Location: Lexington on Aug 24, 2007 at 11:33 PM
    Oh My God. Stop tossing God and the bible around. Death Penalty, Abortion, gay marriage. Geeze! God created us to be free thinkers, if he (god) didnt want any of these things he wouldnt allow it! I went to high school with Steve's daughter, and i know this is a welcome sight. Thank you Gov. this is the only thank you your getting from me, by the way.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Aug 24, 2007 at 09:34 PM
    sorry debbie you need to tell that to the little children and wifes of these officers we have laws and must go by them and if peaple dont like the laws well i guess you can always move to france. Ernie done the right thing he is our governor he is doing what he was sworn in to do there is no blood on his hands thats ignorant im like ben its been to long.
  • by Sheila Location: Russell Springs on Aug 24, 2007 at 02:20 PM
    I am a firm believer in what goes around comes around. I believe in the death penality and I agree our correcional facilities need to be tougher on criminals, after all, they live on more money per year than my family does. However, I strongly disagree with the Gov being able to sign his death warrant. If so, seems to me that would be a conflict of interest with the Gov. being a physician.
  • by kelly Location: waynesburg on Aug 24, 2007 at 02:04 PM
    and the bible also states and eye for eye.
  • by D Location: CORBIN on Aug 24, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    DEBBIE...THE BIBLE ALSO SAYS TO OBEY THE LAWS OF THE LAND....HE HAS BROKEN THE LAWS OF THE LAND AND WILL BE DELT THE PUNISHMENT OF THE LAND.....ALSO ON ANOTHER NOTE I DON'T CARE IF HE IS SOMEONES DAD,BROTHER,COUSIN,UNCLE,GRANDPA, OR WHAT EVER...HE KILLED TWO OFFICERS IN COLD BLOOD DID HE THINK ABOUT THEM BEING FATHERS BROTHERS UNCLES OR ETC...NO!!! HE DESERVES WHAT IS COMING. HIS BLOOD WILL BE ON NO ONES HANDS...HIS BLOOD SHED IS A RESULT OF HIS ACTIONS...IT WILL BE ON HIS HANDS
  • by Ben Location: Lexington on Aug 24, 2007 at 10:34 AM
    Debbie, the fear of God does not deter a criminal. Fear of a lifetime in prison doesn't deter a criminal either. If it did, we'd have empty prisons. Our jails & prisons are like revolving doors, the same people come & go on a constant basis. I work in the justice department, I know what I see. Criminals are not scared of jail. Something has to be done to make our prisons hard and unpleasant again. If you take someone's life in a malicious manner, you deserve to die. Plain and simple, like it or not, we HAVE a death penalty and it is reserved for the most heinous and brutal of crimes. It should be used. If you believe God will punish Ralph Baze for his acts, then upon death, he will be punished. We as a society, enforcing the laws that we have established, will inflict our punishment first. And by the way, Ernie says save your prayer for him until election day.
  • by Debbie Location: kentucky on Aug 23, 2007 at 09:28 PM
    I am against the death penalty! The Bible says to stay in prison until your time is spent, even if that means you die in there. "Thou shall not kill" is Bible. Vengence is mine saith the Lord. When people out there writes these comments,do you ever stop and think that know matter what these criminals have done , they are somebodys child, brother, or sister. They probably have families that have had their hearts broken too because of what their family member has done. I just pray this man has ask God to forgive him. I pray for him, his family, the family of the deceased and for Fletcher. I surely wouldn't want his blood on my hands. God help us all!!!
  • by Ben Location: Lexington on Aug 23, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    I support the death penalty. I think our whole criminal justice system needs to be revamped, starting at the pinnacle of inprisonment, death row. This man murdered two law enforcement officers & for 15 years, their friends & family have suffered for his crime. He was given the DEATH PENALTY, which, in my opinion, should be carried out quickly, not 15 years later. For 15 years, Mr. Baze was given food, a roof over his head, medical & dental care, etc etc etc. A few years ago, keeping an inmate in prison cost taxpayers nearly $50,000 a year. Throw in appeals & legal representation, I'm positive we Kentuckians have spent over ONE MILLION dollars for Mr. Baze's stay at summer camp.
  • by D Location: CORBIN on Aug 22, 2007 at 09:19 PM
    LONG OVER DUE......BUT A THANKS TO GOV. FLETCHER FOR GETTING THE BALL ROLLING.....ANY ONE WHO KILLS A OFFICER THAT IS OUT THERE PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH WE LIVE DESERVES JUST THIS....BETTER YET TO BRING BACK HANGING ON THE COURTHOUSE STEPS WOULD BE A MORE DESERVING PUNISHMENT FOR THIS.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Aug 22, 2007 at 06:19 PM
    Good job governor he should have thought before he done what he done.

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