Judge is glad Ohio inmate got execution reprieve

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A county judge says he's glad Ohio's governor granted a two-week reprieve for a condemned inmate so the judge can reconsider the man's mental competency before his scheduled execution.

Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) decision this week set a new June 20 execution date for Abdul Awkal (ab-DUHL' AW'-kuhl). He was sentenced to death for killing his estranged wife and brother-in-law in a Cleveland courthouse in 1992.

Awkal's attorneys argue he's so mentally ill he believes the CIA is orchestrating his execution. The state opposes any delay, saying several courts have upheld Awkal's competency.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Judge Stuart Friedman will preside over the mental competency hearing next Thursday. Friedman tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/KVNB9I ) he wants to be sure the right decision is made because someone's life is at stake.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com