Judge halts Ky. execution set for next week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A judge has halted the execution of a Kentucky man who faced lethal injection on Thursday for a 1987 murder and kidnapping of a suburban Cincinnati woman.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Friday that the state's protocol for carrying out an execution is inconsistent with state law and doesn't provide a safeguard to prevent a mentally retarded or criminally insane inmate from being executed.

Shepherd's ruling comes six days before the state was set to execute 53-year-old Gregory L. Wilson at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. Wilson was convicted in 1988 of kidnapping, raping and murdering 36-year-old Deborah Pooley in northern Kentucky. Pooley was from Hamilton, Ohio.

Wilson and two other inmates challenged how Kentucky put its protocol into place.