Kentucky Supreme Court Stops Baze Execution

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court halted the execution of Ralph S. Baze on Wednesday, two weeks before he was
set to die in the state's first lethal injection in eight years.

Justices said in the ruling that they wanted to consider whether Baze's initial trial was improperly moved. The court in Frankfort set a hearing for Nov. 15 on the issue.

"It just vindicated what we've said all along about the warrant being signed prematurely," said public defender David Barron, one of Baze's attorneys.

Baze was condemned to death for the 1992 shooting of Powell County Sheriff Steve Bennett and Deputy Arthur Briscoe. He was scheduled to be executed Sept. 25.

Bennett and Briscoe were serving warrants on Baze when he ambushed them. Baze has said the shootings were the result of a family dispute that got out of hand and resulted in the sheriff being called.

The stay came in one of six challenges Baze has pending to his death sentence.

Attorney General Stumbo's statement related to the Kentucky Supreme Court's stay of execution:

"My office will continue to work to see that the verdict of the jury in the Baze case is carried out. We are confident that any remaining issues will be resolved in the Commonwealth's favor."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Ken Location: Richmond on Sep 14, 2007 at 10:07 AM
    Looks like Jeff was drinking too much and posted in the wrong forum...LOL!
  • by Nanny Location: Ky on Sep 14, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    Thanks Jeff for telling us a little about YOURSELF!!!!!!
  • by Jay Location: Central Kentucky on Sep 14, 2007 at 06:35 AM
    I wonder if he'd get the same treatment if he had killed two judges instead of two Officers, or even two regular citizens for that matter? It's time to start putting some common sense back into how we run this country. He should have been dead by sunset on the day he admitted killing the Officers. Our problem is that we keep trying to hold "th moral high ground", which is good, but there comes a point that certain members of society just need to cease to exist. They are a cancer in society and should be treated as such. I'm just happy to know that my tax dollars are paying this piece of $%^#@ cable bill.
  • by mom Location: KY on Sep 13, 2007 at 08:21 PM
    Jeff, what are you talking about?
  • by Amy Location: Lexington on Sep 13, 2007 at 06:47 PM
    This is for "just wondering". I don't give a rat's rear end who he killed. A murderer deserves the death penalty as does a rapist and pedophile. It is the bleeding heart liberals that have this country in the state it is in now. The justice system in this state is a JOKE. Next election there should be an option to vote for a Texas style express lane for justice. I can promise you my vote would be HELL YES
  • by richard Location: campbellsville on Sep 13, 2007 at 01:53 PM
    ralph baze is a piece of trash that is breathing air someone else could be using,there is absolutely no doubt hes guilty,i dont care if his first trial was handled correctly or not he is guilty,lets kill him and be done with it,then there are 39 more to go
  • by 15 Minutes of Fame Location: Lexington on Sep 13, 2007 at 11:39 AM
    All he wants is ANOTHER 15 minutes of fame. I guess he wants to go down in a "Baze" of Glory. Fry the bathturd (yes, I have a lispth)
  • by Jeff Location: Lexington on Sep 13, 2007 at 11:18 AM
    Do you know why liquor stores have drive thrus? So Baptists can buy their alcohol and stay as inconspicuous as they can!
  • by suzie on Sep 13, 2007 at 08:21 AM
    I say we do away with the legal system, do away with the taxes that pay for that, and take of these people ourselves. This is unbelievable. My thoughts and prayers are with the victimes families.
  • by mom Location: KY on Sep 13, 2007 at 06:38 AM
    Somebody tell us how to go about getting the laws changed in this state PLEASE!!!!!

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