Gov. Ernie Fletcher has set a date of Nov. 30 for Kentucky's third execution since 1976. The condemned man is Thomas C. Bowling. He was found guilty of shooting Tina and Eddie Early in 1990.
Bowling is marginally retarded and thus incapable of helping much in his own defense. His clemency petition states that when he was a child, "his mother had to lay out his clothes and force him to get dressed for school. He continuously appeared to be in a 'dreamy' state as he stared into space and failed to respond to anyone who attempted to gain his attention. He could not comprehend his parent's instructions and had to be told what to do over and over again. Even into his teenage years, ... his parents had to force him to take showers and inspect him to make sure he was clean for school."
Bowling's trial lawyers did not raise this issue, and were generally ineffective. They failed to present any witnesses during the guilt/innocence stage of his trial.