A judge has issued new stays of execution for two condemned prisoners who are challenging Kentucky’s use of lethal injection as a form of capital punishment.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden issued 60-day stays for Thomas Clyde Bowling and Ralph Baze.
Recently, Crittenden upheld the use of lethal injection in Kentucky, but lawyers for the two death row inmates plan to appeal.
Crittenden issued the stays after a brief hearing in Frankfort.
Assistant Attorney General David Smith argued that the stays would amount to a "pre-emptive restraint" on the Governor's authority to issue death warrants.