Department of Corrections
Execution Media Witnesses Selected
Frankfort, KY – Today, the nine media representatives, who will witness the execution of Ralph Stevens Baze, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Kentucky State Penitentiary, have been identified.
As directed by KRS 431.250, nine representatives of the news media may witness an execution. The news media listed in the statute are as follows: one (1) representative from the daily newspaper with the largest circulation in the county where the execution will be conducted; one (1) representative from Associated Press Wire Service; one (1) representative from Kentucky Network, Inc.; three representatives for radio and television media within the state; and three representatives for newspapers within the state. The three broadcast media are selected by the Department of Corrections through a drawing. The three newspapers are selected by the Kentucky Press Association.
The three broadcast media witnesses selected during a drawing at the Department of Corrections include: Bennett Haeberle, WDRB Fox 41, Louisville; Greg Stotelmyer, WTVQ-TV Channel 36, Lexington; and Richard DeVayne, WLEX-TV, Channel 18, Lexington. The Department also drew the names of two alternates in case any of the above media representatives are unable to attend the execution. The alternates are Keith Farrell, WWKY-FM, Madisonville; and Julie Anne Williams, WCLU Radio, Glasgow.
The three newspaper representatives selected by the Kentucky Press Association include: Jessie Halladay, The Courier-Journal, Louisville; Jeff Moreland, The Springfield Sun; and James Cook of The Clay City Times. Two names were also drawn as alternates: Ken Hart, The Independent, Ashland; and Jennifer B. Brown, Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville.
The representative from the Paducah Sun (the daily newspaper with the largest circulation in the county where the execution will be conducted) will be Bill Bartleman. The representative from the Associated Press will be Brett Barrouquere, and the representative from the Kentucky News Network will be Paul Miles.
The media witnesses are required to participate in a press briefing and respond to media questions immediately following the execution.