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.