LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the intentional murder conviction of a Taylor County woman sentenced to life in prison for killing her husband with an overdose of morphine.
The justices found that statements 63-year-old Kathleen Hibbard Wise made to detectives after taking a polygraph test in 2011 were admissible because she waived her right to remain silent. Justice Mary Noble concluded that Wise chose to take the polygraph after quickly reviewing a form explaining her legal rights.
Wise is serving life in prison for the death of her 71-year-old husband Kenneth Wise. A coroner initially ruled his death a heart attack, but subsequent blood tests showed high levels of morphine in his system.
Police later questioned Kathleen Wise, who acknowledged putting the drug in her husband's water.