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COLUMBUS — Governor John Kasich on Tuesday issued a two week reprieve on the execution of Abdul Hamin Awkal.

Awkal, who thought his wife and brother-in-law were trying to keep him away from his 15-month-old daughter, shot and killed the adults in a Cleveland courthouse 20 years ago.

He was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, but on Monday, Common Pleas Judge Stuart Friedman decided there was probable cause to believe Awkal is not competent to be executed.

Kasich’s reprieve will provide time to hold a hearing and issue a ruling on Awkal’s competency.