Execution Date Set for Gregory Wilson
September 9, 2010
Governor Steve Beshear set September 16 as the execution date for Gregory Wilson. This is a Kenton County Case. 22 years ago Greg was convicted of raping and killing Deborah Pooley. The following is a statement from Fr. Pat Delehany of KCADP:
"While KCADP opposes capital punishment in all cases,” Delahanty said, “the case of Gregory Wilson is an especially ugly example of a broken system that produces spectacle and carries out executions in a way that resembles the laws of chance.”
Several aspects of the Wilson case demonstrate the flaws in Kentucky’s broken death penalty system:
Wilson’s codefendant—who was having a sexual affair with a sitting judge in the same circuit court during the trial—testified against Wilson and received a sentence of life in prison.
Wilson’s defense began with a notice posted to the courthouse door seeking volunteer lawyers to represent him, and it ended without any lawyers because Wilson found them incompetent. Wilson had to make his own closing argument to the jury, something he was ill equipped and ill prepared to do.
In planning to act on the three death warrants Attorney General Jack Conway requested, the state found it did not have enough chemicals to execute all three people, could not buy the chemicals anytime soon, and its one small batch on hand was sufficient to execute one man before October when the supply expired.
According to a 2006 poll conducted by the University of Kentucky Survey Center, 67 percent of Kentuckians questioned preferred a long prison sentence to execution for those convicted of aggravated murder. KCADP is planning educational and protest events to call attention to the state’s broken and unwanted capital punishment system.
BUS TO EDDYVILLE
A prayer vigil will be held outside near the penitentiary beginning 1 hour before the execution. If there is enough interest there will be bus transportation to Eddyville from Covington. We hope to keep the cost at about $25 per person. This could change depending on the number. The bus would leave in early afternoon of September 16 and return in the very early morning of September 17. The witness of a large group of people in prayer near the Penitentiary during the execution in very powerful. Media does cover the event. The men in the prison know we are there and they have told us how important it is to them.
To reserve your seat contact Sr. Dorothy Schuette before Thursday, September 9. (859-291-2288) (859-581-8974 ex. 133) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Vigil will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave, Covington, 41011 beginning at 6:30 and going through the time of execution.
Please keep the family of Deborah Pooley and Gregory Wilson in your prayers.