Convicted murderer found competent for death penalty trial

Fifty-three-year-old convicted murderer Kenneth Wayne Thomas was found competent to stand trial for the death penalty by a Dallas County jury on July 9, The Dallas Morning News reported.

According to court records, Thomas has a low intelligence quotient level and is suffering from brain damage and mental illness.

Thomas was found guilty in separate trials in 1987 for the murders of 66-year-old attorney Fred Finch and his 64-year-old wife and math professor Mildred Finch. Thomas repeatedly stabbed Fred 20 times and stabbed Mildred 80 times in the burglary of their South Dallas home in 1986.

Thomas was sentenced to death in these trials but was given a new punishment hearing in 2010 by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals because the jurors in his original case did not consider whether or not he was mentally competent.

If you are facing a criminal charge, it is essential to acquire competent, aggressive, and effective legal counsel to represent you. Contact our experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas today by calling 214-845-7007, and learn more.

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