No word yet from the Kentucky Supreme Court on a request to lift a stay of execution for Death Row inmate Gregory Wilson. Attorney General Jack Conway is appealing the stay, issued by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd. Gov. Steve Beshear says the state is just waiting to see what happens in the courts.
“We’ve scheduled the execution for the 16th of this month. And I believe that case is going to be up at the Kentucky Supreme Court, and it just depends upon whatever the courts tell us,” he said.
Wilson was convicted of the 1987 abduction, rape, robbery and murder of Newport restaurant manager Deborah Pooley. Defense attorneys say Wilson has an I-Q of 62 and his trial attorneys were incompetent. But prosecutors argue Wilson was found competent for trial and the evidence against him is overwhelming.