Executions still on hold pending a decision by Kentucky Supreme Court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court is still
deciding whether to lift an injunction stopping executions in the
state as the expiration date for the drugs used in lethal
injections nears.
The high court has the case of Gregory L. Wilson, who had been
set to die Sept. 16 for a 1987 rape and murder in northern
Kentucky. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd stopped all
executions earlier this month, citing problems with the protocol
used to administer lethal injection.
Because of a national shortage, the state has enough of the
drugs for one execution. Gov. Steve Beshear has said the chemicals
expire in October.
The justices have been asked to lift the injunction or send the
case back to Shepherd for a hearing. They are scheduled to hand
down rulings again until Oct. 21.

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