Execution On Hold; Community Remembers Pain Of Lawmen's Slaying

CLAY CITY, Ky. (AP) - As death row inmate Ralph Baze awaits decisions on appeals for his life, the quiet eastern Kentucky community shocked by the killings is waiting for his death.

Some say his execution would be the only way to bring peace to Powell County.

Baze has been condemned to death for killing Sheriff Steve Bennett and Deputy Arthur Briscoe in 1991.

The execution, scheduled for next week, was halted by the Kentucky Supreme Court to hear arguments about whether his trial was properly moved from Powell County to Rowan County.

Bennett's widow, Rose Bennett, says she can't move on while Baze
while the execution is on hold.

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


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  • by Bryan Location: Campton on Sep 25, 2007 at 12:18 AM
    What does it matter? He admitted to doing it so PUT HIM TO DEATH! Quit wasting our tax dollars on this low life and GET IT OVER WITH! He is a coward and just is afraid because the Grim Reaper is knocking at the door!
  • by Kim Location: Mt, Sterling on Sep 24, 2007 at 01:05 PM
    I would like to know why it takes so long. Is it because tax payer's are taking up the bill for these scumbag's to sit back on thier a**. As for his death, I'm sorry lethal injection is to easy for people like him. Lay down and let me go to sleep. I'm sorry but these officer's family's don't get to lay down and rest. I wish they would let the family member's of these cop killer's do what they think ought to be done. I think he should had already been dead year's ago.
  • by Retired Cop Location: Eastern Ky on Sep 22, 2007 at 10:16 PM
    May Powell County soon find peace.
  • by KB Location: Somerset on Sep 22, 2007 at 06:48 PM
    I guess I am an idiot when it comes to the law but what does it matter if the case was moved from one county to another? If he is guilty, then he needs to pay for what he did.
  • by homer Location: floyd co on Sep 22, 2007 at 02:47 PM
    fry him

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