Appeals Court: Death Row Inmate Needs Mental Exam 10/30/13
HOUSTON - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled a man sent to death row for robbing and fatally shooting a 20-year-old at his family's rural Brazos County property is entitled to be examined by at least two mental health experts to determine if he's competent to be executed.
The court ruling in the case of 33-year-old Marcus Druery keeps in effect an execution reprieve it gave to Druery in July 2012, days before he was set to die for the slaying of Skyyler Browne 11 years ago Wednesday.
Druery's lawyers contend executing him would be unconstitutional because he's delusional and paranoid and hears hallucinating voices. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled inmates to be executed must understand they are to be punished and why.