Wise to appear on TV show ‘Snapped’ Sunday

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Program scheduled to air Sunday at 9 p.m. on Oxygen Network

By Calen McKinney

The story of how a Campbellsville woman was convicted of killing her husband will be featured on national television Sunday night.
Kathleen Wise, 62, who admitted to killing her husband with an overdose of liquid morphine, will be featured on an episode of "Snapped," which airs on the Oxygen network. The show will air at 9 p.m. and repeat throughout the week.
Wise, formerly of 4203 Bengal Road, is serving life in prison at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women after a jury found her guilty during a one-day trial last July.
After taking only a few minutes to deliberate, jurors unanimously agreed that Wise killed her husband, Joseph Kenneth Wise.
Though she received a life sentence, Wise will be eligible to appear before a parole board after serving 20 years in prison, on July 10, 2031. She will be 81.
Donna Dudek, a supervision producer for "Snapped," said last year that Wise's case was chosen for an episode of "Snapped" because Wise is a seemingly ordinary woman who was accused of committing a violent crime.
Each episode of "Snapped" profiles the case of a woman who has been accused of a violent crime, most often murder.
Sharon Martin, supervising producer of "Snapped" and narrator of the show, said the show is filmed in documentary episodes featuring interviews of those involved with the case.
"Snapped is a documentary show detailing the cases of women accused of murder. The show explores the woman's life, the crime she's accused of and the aftermath. With interviews from the key players in each case, each episode asks the questions did she do it? And if so, why? For viewers, it's a glimpse into what drives an ordinary woman to commit a crime," Martin said.
Dudek said those who watch "Snapped" watch because they want to know how seemingly ordinary people can end up accused of committing extraordinary crimes.
"With that in mind, we choose the cases of women like Kathleen Wise, who was not a career criminal, but could represent any one of our viewers, or their mothers, sisters, friends or neighbors. Our goal is to try to understand both what problems may have led her to that 'Snapped' moment, and why she chose such a horrific way to solve them."
Filming for Wise's episode was done over several days in January. A field producer and a camera crew came to Campbellsville and interviewed people involved in the case, from prosecutors to family members to witnesses and friends, to give insight into the Wises' lives and relationship.
The producer, Michael Rogers, interviewed many attorneys in the case, including former Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Cocanougher and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Angela Call, and Taylor County Sheriff's Detective Brian Pickard, who was the lead investigator in Wise's case, and Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney.
Wise was indicted in July 2011 by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with the first-degree murder of her husband. She pleaded not guilty to the crime. The prosecution did not seek the death penalty.
According to witness testimony, Wise admitted that she put liquid morphine into her husband's drinking water on June 7, 2011. He died the following day. Wise had denied killing her husband, however, throughout her trial.
Wise is a former registered nurse at Medco Nursing Home, now named Campbellsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
The criminal charge against Wise stemmed from a toxicology investigation into her husband's death. Mr. Wise died from a supposed heart attack. Routine toxicology tests, however, revealed he consumed a fatal dose of morphine.
Court records state that a toxicology report found 5,738 ng/ml of morphine in Mr. Wise's blood and 1,359 ng/ml in his urine. Normal therapeutic ranges, according to court records, are from 10 to 80 ng/ml.
Wise's attorney, William Butler of Louisville, made a motion to suppress a conversation during which Wise confessed to putting morphine in her husband's water, which Taylor County Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly denied.
Wise's case is currently on appeal at the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Previews of Wise's episode are available at features.oxygen.com/videos/snapped.
Wise's episode is the 18th to air in the show's 10th season.
According to the show's website, oxygen.com/tvshows/snapped, about 16,000 people are killed each year in the United States. Seven percent of killers are female.
Several seasons of the show are available for purchase on DVD.
Wise isn't the only Campbellsville woman to be featured on "Snapped." An episode about the conviction of Tonya Ford for killing her husband, former Lebanon Police Officer David Ford, aired last year, in the show's ninth season.
Video from Ford's episode is available on the Oxygen website.