- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City federal judge has rejected the argument by a man convicted in the killing of a 10-year-old Purcell girl that he is ineligible for the death penalty because of severe mental illness.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/2au5HjO ) reports that 36-year-old Kevin Underwood was given the death penalty in the 2006 death of Jamie Bolin. Authorities say Jamie’s body was found inside a plastic tub in Underwood’s apartment.

Underwood’s attorneys argued that his death sentence would be unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.

In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court barred the execution of people with mental disabilities. Underwood’s attorneys argued that it was time to extend that to people who are severely mentally ill.

The judge rejected that claim Thursday, saying that “there are no relevant state trends” toward such a ban.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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