Rick Malone's Execution Delayed

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - The execution of an ex-firefighter convicted of killing an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper is being delayed.

The Lawton Constitution reports the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued an order Monday staying the Jan. 14 execution of Ricky Ray Malone. Malone's attorneys sought the delay after a Comanche County judge sentenced him to death following a non-jury trial.

A jury initially convicted Malone of first-degree murder and sentenced him to die for the December 2003 killing of Trooper Nik Green. Authorities say Malone shot Green after the lawman found him in Cotton County in a car that had a mobile methamphetamine lab inside.

The Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Malone's punishment and ordered his resentencing.

Attorney General's office spokesman Charlie Price says the stay is routine.

Another date hasn't been set.