Judge Stays Execution

Judge Stays Execution

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The execution of Troy Michael Kell has been stayed because of his appeal.

The order by sixth District Judge David Mower, that halts the June 28th execution, had been expected by attorneys on both sides.

Kell was sentenced to die for the July 1994 knife slaying of a fellow inmate, Lonnie Blackmon.

Investigators said Kell stabbed Blackmon 67 times with a home-made knife while another inmate held down Blackmon's legs. In a prison videotape of the attack, Kell was heard to shout "white power" after the slaying at the Gunnison Correctional Facility.

It's unclear how long his appeal might take.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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