Doctor’s evaluation: Killer doesn’t know what death means

A psychiatrist’s evaluation states that Michael Dean Overstreet thinks he’s in a vegetative state or coma and that execution would jolt him back into reality with his wife and children.

The 47-year-old, who got in trouble as a kid for bringing a gun to school and who was sent home from the Navy due to behavior issues six weeks after he enlisted, has had documented mental and behavioral problems since junior high and has been diagnosed by multiple doctors as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Due to his illness, Overstreet isn’t able to comprehend that a lethal injection would lead to death and what death means, so he can’t be executed under federal law, Dr. Rahn Bailey said in a report for Overstreet’s defense.

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