Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Missouri halts execution

Missouri death row inmate Andre Cole was supposed to die at 6 p.m., but a stay of execution order handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Perry halted that action, reported KSDK.com.
Cole was originally placed on death row after a jury convicted him for fatally stabbing his ex-wife's friend, Anthony Curtis, 17 years ago in St. Louis County. Authorities said Cole was upset about child support payments.
However, Judge Perry ruled Monday night that Cole is "entitled to an evidentiary hearing on the issue of competence" before an execution can take place.
According to court documents, Cole showed signs of mental illness during a two-and-a-half hour interview with a forensic psychiatrist in February. The documents stated that Cole reported "being depressed, overwhelmed, and distracted by voices unfamiliar to him" in his head.
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