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Kentucky high court to hear issues of attorney, DNA evidence in condemned inmate's case

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FRANKFORT, Kentucky — The Kentucky Supreme Court has opted to hear oral arguments in the case of a death row inmate convicted in a 1987 kidnapping and slaying of a woman.

The justices set an Oct. 16 hearing date for 57-year-old Gregory L. Wilson. Wilson was convicted on Oct. 31, 1998 of kidnapping and killing Deborah Pooley of Kenton County 19 months earlier.

Wilson and a female accomplice forced Pooley into the back seat of her car. Wilson raped the victim and later strangled her while the accomplice was driving.

The arguments will center on Wilson's claim that his appeals counsel was ineffective and on issues related to DNA evidence.

Kentucky is under a judge's order halting all executions in the state because of questions about how condemned inmates are handled.

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