Gov. Steve Beshear signed a death warrant on August 25 scheduling the execution of Gregory L. Wilson by lethal injection at the Eddyville State Penitentiary on September 16th. The precise time is not set forth but 6 p.m. is the usual time for executions.
The governor signed only one of those three warrants though because Kentucky does not have enough of the sleep drug on hand to execute more than one person. (Executions use three chemicals: first a sleep drug, then a paralyzing drug, and finally a drug that stops the heart). Nor does it have enough of the paralytic agent to execute more than one person. Furthermore, the sleep drug expires on October 1, 2010, just a few days after it is slated to be used to execute Wilson. There is a national shortage of the sleep drug and it is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2011. The paralytic drug will be here by the end of the year.
Wilson was convicted in 1988 in Kenton Circuit Court of the murder and kidnapping of Deborah Pooley. His female accomplice, who testified against him at trial, got a life sentence and is eligible for parole after 25 years. This female accomplice also had a long standing sexual relationship with a circuit judge in the same court and their sexual relationship continued during Wilson’s trial.