Kenneth Smith: Stay of execution granted

We were late in getting this, but thinking of the possibility of an execution today, we were relieved to find this:

From: Ohioans to stop executions:
Kenneth Smith: Stay of execution granted
July 8, 2011

US District Court Judge Gregory Frost issued a stay of execution to Kenneth Smith on Friday, July 8th. Smith was scheduled to be executed on July 19, 2011 for the 1995 murders of Lewis and Ruth Ray.

The ruling made by Judge Frost said that Ohio’s execution procedures are a “haphazard application” of its death penlaty protocol. He also wrote, “Ohio pays lip service to standards it then often ignores without valid reasons, sometimes with no physical ramifications and sometimes with what have been described as messy if not botched executions.”

The Columbus Dispatch has more on this story. Click here to read the article.