An upcoming hearing for a man on death row for killing a Franklin College student will likely be one of the last attempts by his attorney to stop the execution.
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled last week that a new psychiatric evaluation of Michael Dean Overstreet was enough evidence to conduct a hearing to consider whether he is mentally fit to be executed. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, a person who is insane cannot be put to death.
Overstreet was convicted of abducting, raping and murdering Kelly Eckart, a Franklin College student from Boggstown, in 1997. He was convicted by a jury and sentenced to death in Johnson County in 2000.
The upcoming case will be considered by Judge Cynthia Emkes, who presided over Overstreet’s original trial. Since then, she also has considered and denied one appeal in his sentence.