High court rejects appeal from mentally ill Texas killer

Scott Panetti (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal from a Texas death row inmate whose attorneys contend is so delusional he can’t understand why he was convicted and condemned.

The high court, without comment Monday, rejected the case of 56-year-old Scott Louis Panetti, convicted of fatally shooting his in-laws at their Fredericksburg home more than 20 years ago in front of his estranged wife and young children.

A year ago, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with state lawyers and rejected arguments that Panetti is incompetent to be executed. Panetti’s attorneys then took their case to the Supreme Court.

Panetti has a history of mental problems and his case has made multiple trips through the courts. He was convicted of killing in-laws Joe and Amanda Alvarado.

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