Retarded Convict Not Retarded
YORKTOWN, Va. – A death row inmate whose case led to the Supreme Court’s ban on executing the mentally retarded was found mentally competent by a Virginia jury Friday. A judge immediately scheduled his execution for December.
Basically, Daryl Atkins was convicted of murder but had his death sentence commuted by the Supreme Court (in Atkins v. Virginia) because the defense argued that he was retarded and thus execution would be cruel and unusual. Following the decision, the jury reconsidered the case, only to then judge Atkins “not retarded.” Classic.
This guy killed an enlisted Airman for beer money, so forgive me if I shed no tears over his execution.