New judge gets death-row case




A South Bend judge has been appointed to preside over a hearing for a man on death row who was convicted of killing a Franklin College student.

The Indiana Supreme Court appointed Judge Jane Woodward Miller of St. Joseph County to hear arguments on whether Michael Dean Overstreet is mentally competent to be executed. Overstreet was convicted of abducting, raping and murdering Kelly Eckart in Johnson County in 1997.

The hearings will take place in Woodward Miller’s court in South Bend, according to the Indiana Supreme Court order.

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