SOUTH BEND — The defense rested its case Thursday after one more doctor testified that Michael Dean Overstreet’s mental illness is so severe that he can’t be executed.
In the third day of hearings in South Bend, attorneys spent more than four hours questioning Dr. George Parker, who evaluated Overstreet as recently as August.
Parker detailed Overstreet’s history of mental illness and his delusions. Overstreet wants to be executed because he thinks the lethal injection will lead to him waking up from his coma in a nursing home. He believes he accidentally shot himself while listening to a news report about Kelly Eckart’s disappearance, Parker said. Overstreet was convicted in 2000 of abducting, raping and murdering the 18-year-old Boggstown woman.