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Judge blocks Gregory Wilson’s execution, state still can appeal

Friday afternoon Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd blocked the execution of Gregory Wilson (above), which Gov. Steve Beshear had set for Sept. 16.

Friday afternoon Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd blocked the execution of Gregory Wilson (above), which Gov. Steve Beshear had set for Sept. 16.

Just two days after declaring in court that there was no “good answer” on whether or not Gregory Wilson, who was scheduled to be put to death on Sept. 16 is mentally retarded or insane, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd blocked Wilson’s execution.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, “Shepherd granted a motion by Wilson’s attorneys for a delay until he rules on the legality of the Kentucky Department of Corrections’ regulations for carrying out an execution by lethal injection.” (Download a .pdf of the injunction order here.)

The state can appeal the ruling to the Kentucky Supreme Court, however, so depending on its decision, Wilson still could be executed on Sept 16. All vigils are still going ahead as planned, and KCADP is asking you to continue writing to Gov. Steve Beshear and media outlets requesting Wilson’s sentence get commuted to life in prison.

Gov. Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway had the same info Judge Shepherd had. KCADP is curious why those politicians didn’t reach the same conclusion as the judge. Just one more piece of evidence showing how broken and arbitrary Kentucky’s death penalty system is.

Gov. Beshear should declare a moratorium on the death penalty until the American Bar Association completes its review of Kentucky’s death penalty system.

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