Will Texas Halt An Execution Over Mental Illness?
Scott Panetti, a Texas man who killed his in-laws and was sentenced to death in 1995, was granted a stay Wednesday due to beliefs he is schizophrenic.By Jasmine Bailey | December 3, 2014
In 1992, Scott Panetti, a discharged naval vet and Texan, shot and killed his father-in-law and mother-in-law with a deer rifle while his wife and daughter watched.
The case has always been surrounded by controversy involving mental health and capital punishment. Panetti had been diagnosed with schizophrenia by several doctors before the shooting. He was sentenced to death three years after the murders. (Video via KXAS)
But Wednesday, just hours before Panetti was scheduled to die by lethal injection, the now-56-year-old was granted a stay of execution by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.