Hearing will determine if man competent for death penalty

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The man sentenced to death for murdering a Franklin College student 17 years ago understands why he’s on death row, but his attorneys say he doesn’t comprehend that his execution will mean the end of his life.

Now a South Bend judge will hear four days of testimony from doctors discussing whether Michael Dean Overstreet understands his punishment.

If she determines he isn’t competent, the decision would put an immediate halt to his death sentence. He would continue living in prison until a time when the state could prove he is competent.

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