UPCOMING EXECUTION: Judge Denies Psychiatric Evaluation for Schizophrenic Death Row Inmate

On Jul 24, a Texas county decider declined to sequence a psychiatric analysis to establish either Marcus Druery is efficient to be executed on Aug 1.  Earlier this month, Druery’s attorneys requested a full review of his mental status, arguing he hears voices, believes he is being tainted with feces-spiked food, and lacks a bargain of his authorised conditions compulsory underneath a structure for execution. Reports by mental health officials during a University of Texas uncover that Druery gifted ongoing mental health problems and is schizophrenic.  Prison medical annals also show Druery was prescribed anti-psychotic drugs and his mental standing has fluctuated during his years on genocide row.  Kate Black, one of Druery’s attorneys, pronounced that standards set by a U.S. Supreme Court in Panetti vs. Quarterman need an invalid confronting execution to have a “rational understanding” of his crime and punishment.  In 2011, Druery claimed to be pounded by guards and prisoners, saying, “They refused to unwire me from speakers. we was bending adult to orator system. we do not know who did it when, where or why. we suspicion we was ostensible to go behind out to a world.”  Druery was condemned to genocide for a robbery-murder that occurred in 2002.

(A. Turner, “Killer called schizophrenic, though decider says execution can proceed,” Houston Chronicle, Jul 24, 2012).  See Mental Illness.  Listen to DPIC’s podcast on Mental Illness.  For some-more information on this case, see Amnesty International’s summary.