Jury to decide competence of death penalty candidate Kenneth Thomas

The defense attorneys of 53-year-old Texas convicted murderer Kenneth Wayne Thomas are scheduled to argue in front of a jury that their client is mentally unstable, thus rendering him incapable of understanding the legal proceedings affecting his future and not eligible to stand trial in a death penalty case, The Dallas Morning News reported on July 7.

Another jury, whose members have already been chosen, will decide whether Thomas is competent enough to be handed the death sentence or should instead be given life imprisonment without parole. Thomas was convicted of killing 66-year-old lawyer Fred Finch and his wife, 64-year-old community college professor Mildred Finch, in their South Dallas home in 1986.

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Appeals court stopped execution over mental impairment

The three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the execution in Texas of 41-year-old convicted killer, Robert James Campbell, 2 ½ hours before he was set to be strapped in the lethal injection chamber, The Dallas Morning News reported on May 13.

Campbell and his attorneys appealed on the grounds that he is mentally impaired and therefore not eligible for execution. Campbell tested at an intelligence quotient level of 69. The Supreme Court in 2002 ruled that the minimum threshold of IQ level for a criminal to be executed is 70. According to the court, Campbell must be afforded the chance “to develop claims of ineligibility for the death penalty,” and must be given the opportunity to provide evidence for their claims.

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