Ky Court Rejects Death Row Inmate’s Claim of Mental Illness

Friday, 25 May 2012 10:56 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Kentucky Supreme Court has rejected a death row inmate’s plea to have his sentence overturned on claims he was mentally handicapped when he committed his crimes, saying he failed the standard for proving mental incompetence.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Thomas Bowling’s appeal was turned aside because he failed to show that his IQ was below 70, the legal standard set by the American Association of Mental Retardation, for proving in incompetence.

“In the final analysis, it is an inescapable fact that Bowling achieved IQ scores of 86 and 87 in 1990,” the court ruled Thursday, adding that his score remains above 70, even with maximum adjustments allowed under new guidelines set by past U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Bowling has been in prison since 1990, when he was convicted of murdering Lexington residents Eddie and Tina Earley.

In its ruling, the court noted that Bowling had failed to bring up the issue in his original trial or in previous appeals.




© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved