Mother: Time for killer to pay price

A mother has relived the grisly details of her daughter’s murder through a weeks-long trial and numerous appeals, but the next hearing could be the most frustrating yet.

Connie Sutton has heard a recount of the abduction and murder of her daughter Kelly Eckart over and over again for 17 years. But now, the attorneys are talking only about the man who was convicted of murdering her daughter and was sentenced to die for it — Michael Dean Overstreet.

Overstreet’s attorneys are arguing that he suffers from schizophrenia and is so delusional that he can’t comprehend what his death sentence means. In order for the state to execute people, they must understand not only what they’ve been sentenced for but what that punishment means. Doctors will testify that he’s mentally ill and a victim of delusions and hallucinations that have completely warped reality for him.

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