Was Texas right to execute Marvin Wilson?
The Supreme Court rejected a last bid by Wilson’s lawyers to halt the death penalty after his lawyers claimed that he was mentally retarted and ineligible for the death penalty.
Officials denied the request almost instantaneously approved death by lethal injection for Wilson not taking into account his IQ which was purportedly at 61, which was again what prompted his lawyers to claim that he was mentally ill.
Prosecutors in the case argued that Wilson was ‘mentally competent’ and that his actions showed him to be a street-savy criminal.
Wilson is the 7th person since 2012 has started to be put to death in Texas by lethal injection, with a reported 9 more scheduled to die the same way before the end of the year.
- Marvin Wilson Execution: Texas Puts Man With 61 IQ To Death (huffingtonpost.com)
- Texas executes “low IQ” inmate (cbsnews.com)
- US Supreme Court allows execution of Texas inmate who contends low IQ should spare his life – @AP (abcnews.go.com)
- Texas set to execute ‘mentally retarded’ man (aljazeera.com)
- Steinbeck’s Family: Texas Wrong In Using ‘Of Mice And Men’ To Justify Marvin Wilson’s Execution (ibtimes.com)
- Texas executes ‘mentally impaired’ inmate (aljazeera.com)