Ohio governor delays third execution

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has delayed by nearly two years the Sept. 20 execution of a man sentenced to die for stabbing a Cleveland woman to death in 1986.

Friday's postponement of Billy Slagle's execution is the third time in the past two months a condemned Ohio killer has received a temporary reprieve.

The reprieve issued by Kasich and reviewed by The Associated Press says the execution has been delayed until August 2013.

The announcement came as a federal judge is considering Slagle's argument that Ohio's death penalty procedures are haphazard and followed inconsistently.

Slagle received the death sentence for stabbing neighbor Mari Anne Pope to death during a burglary.

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