COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has granted a condemned killer a two-week reprieve to allow a court to conduct a hearing on the inmate's mental competency.
The reprieve Tuesday evening temporarily spared Abdul Awkal, who was facing execution in less than 18 hours when Kasich made his announcement.
Kasich said he ordered the reprieve to allow Cuyahoga County Judge Stuart Friedman enough time to hold a hearing on Awkal's mental condition.
Friedman ruled Monday there was evidence to believe Awkal was not competent to be executed.
The 53-year-old Awkal was sentenced to die for killing his estranged wife from an arranged marriage and his brother-in-law in a Cuyahoga County court basement in 1992.
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