Kentucky Supreme Court Stops Baze Execution

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court halted the
execution of convicted cop killer 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.

Chief Justice Joseph Lambert said in the one-page ruling that
Baze's appeal of his trial being moved was filed before Gov. Ernie
Fletcher signed the warrant so Baze has the right to have the issue
heard.

Attorney General Greg Stumbo issued a written statement saying
his office will continue working to see that Baze is executed.

"We are confident that any remaining issues will be resolved in
the Commonwealth's favor," Stumbo said.


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