KY Death Row Inmate Challenges Lethal Injection

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky death row inmate is challenging lethal injection, claiming giving an inmate Valium interferes with the three-drug cocktail.

Gregory L. Wilson also claims that inmates cannot make an intelligent choice between lethal injection and electrocution because the state does not provide enough information about it's protocol for each method to the inmate.

Wilson's challenge is at least the third in Kentucky. The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled arguments in January in the case of his
fellow death row inmates, Ralph S. Baze and Thomas Clyde Bowling, who sued the state claiming the three drugs current used by 36 states violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Wilson was condemned to death on Oct. 31, 1988 in Kenton County
for kidnapping and murdering Deborah Pooley a year earlier. Prosecutors say the 51-year-old Wilson and 53-year-old Brenda Humphrey forced Pooley into the back seat of her car.

Prosecutors say Wilson raped and strangled Pooley while Humphrey drove around.

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