- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously has refused to delay this week’s scheduled execution of an inmate whose attorneys contend is too delusional for the death penalty.

Board spokesman Raymond Estrada says the panel voted 7-0 Monday, rejecting a call from lawyers for 56-year-old Scott Panetti to put off his execution for 180 days or recommend to Gov. Rick Perry that Panetti’s death sentence be commuted to life.

Panetti is set to die Wednesday in Huntsville for the shooting deaths of his in-laws in 1992 at their home in the Texas Hill Country.

Lawyers say Panetti is severely mentally ill. They sought the board’s reprieve to further examine whether he’s competent for execution.

Panetti’s attorneys also are appealing to a federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court.


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