Conway Requests Three Execution Dates for Death Row Inmates

by scrosby on November 23, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is asking Gov. Steve Beshear to set execution dates for three death row inmates.

Death row inmate Ralph Baze is awaiting execution for the January 1992 murders of

Powell County Sheriff Steve Bennett and Deputy Arthur Briscoe.

Robert Foley is awaiting execution for the September 1993 murders of Laurel County brothers Rodney and Lynn Vaughn.

And Greg Wilson is awaiting execution for the May 1987 kidnapping, rape and murder of Deborah Pooley of Kenton County.

Attorney General Jack Conway says each has exhausted their “matter of right” appeals in state and federal court and wants Gov. Steve Beshear to set their execution dates.

The governor’s office has Conway’s request and each case under review.

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Zach Everson November 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm

The death penalty is absolutely worthless.

It’s a more expensive sentence than life without parole. 68 percent of Kentuckains are opposed to it and no Kentucky jury has a returned a death penalty verdict since 2006.

There’s the chance of exeucuting an innocent person as texas did with Cameron Todd Willingham. It’s not applied fairly–if the victim is white, the murderer is far more likely to be condemned to death than if he or she was another race. It does not deter crime.

And many studies have shown that it makes coping harder, not easier, for victim’s family members.

Kyle November 24, 2009 at 10:25 am

More expensive?

Cost of Life Without Parole: Cases

Equivalent To Death Penalty Cases .

Cost of Death Penalty Cases

1. $34,200/year (1) for 50 years (2), at a 2% (3) annual cost increase, plus $75,000 (4) for trial & appeals = $3.01 million

$60,000/year (1) for 6 years (5), at a 2% (3) annual cost increase, plus $1.5 million (4) for trial & appeals = $1.88 million

2. Same, except 3% (3) = $4.04 million Same, except 3% (3) = $1.89 million

3. Same, except 4% (3) = $5.53 million Same, except 4% (3) = $1.91 million

Robin November 24, 2009 at 3:48 pm


The state is not obligated to fund appeals for lifers so you need to take that cost out of your equations. I also think the average stay on Death Row is double your figures so factor that in. Then get back to me with the new calculations so I can decide how much money a human life is worth (and yes I know that the people on death row took a life).

Cathy Clyde November 24, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Consider GOD’s word in Exoducs 21:14
But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor, to slay him with guile, thou shalt take him from mine alter , the he may die (KJV)

But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my alter and put him to death. (KJInternational)

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