Killer’s case may set legal standard

Hearings this week to determine if the man convicted of raping and murdering a Franklin College student is mentally fit to be executed will set a legal standard in Indiana.

A state judge had never conducted a hearing to determine if a person is competent to be executed until this week, when Michael Dean Overstreet’s case was considered in a South Bend court. The judge will consider whether Overstreet’s delusions prevent him from understanding his execution.

Both the hearings and decision will set a precedent in the state for how these types of cases are handled.


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