Kentucky Judge Plans to Rule On State Executions

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A Kentucky judge says he plans to rule "very promptly" on the state's request to lift an injunction barring executions since 2010 and whether it may use a new single-drug method to carry out lethal injections.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Monday described the issues surrounding executions as "a difficult matter" after a 90-minute hearing in Frankfort.

Attorneys for the state asked Shepherd to allow executions to go forward with a new one- or two-drug method. Earlier this year, the state adopted an execution process similar to Ohio's to replace a lethal injection method using three drugs.

Shepherd halted lethal injections in 2010 as the state prepared to execute 56-year-old Gregory L. Wilson for the 1987 rape, kidnapping and murder of 36-year-old Debbie Pooley in Kenton County.

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