A response has now been filed by public defender Dan Goyette of Louisville. Goyette says the Attorney General’s motion is moot, and should be dismissed, because the death warrant for Wilson expired with the arrival of September 17th.
Attorney General Jack Conway immediately appealed Wilson’s stay of execution to the Kentucky Supreme Court, but the court can’t rule until all parties have responded. Wilson’s lawyers have until September 20th to respond and so far, there has been no response.
It’s Friday, and that means time to wrap up another week with State of the News. This week we’ll talk about the latest in the possible execution of death row inmate Gregory Wilson, whose execution has been postponed for now. We’ll find out what could be next in that case, then check in on Metro and election news. Then we’ll finish out the show with a look at child-related news – including the JCPS assignment plan controversy. Join us for a look back at the stories that made headlines and analysis from the reporters who covered them.
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.
Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Friday that the state’s procedure for executing an inmate by lethal injection allows only a three-drug cocktail, even though state law permits a one-drug option.
In less than two weeks, Kentuckian Gregory Wilson will be put to death for the rape and murder of Covington resident Deborah Pooley. An anti-death penalty group says Wilson’s execution should be delayed for several reasons.
Wilson is scheduled to die by lethal injection September 16 for the 1987 murder of restaurant worker Deborah Pooley in Covington.
Wilson’s public defenders say putting him to death would be unconstitutional because he’s mentally retarded. They also argue that further DNA evidence testing should be allowed in the case.