NPR

Supreme Court Blocks Texas From Executing Mentally Disabled Man

Justices criticized a state appeals court for using outdated medical standards when it determined that a murderer wasn't intellectually disabled and could therefore be executed.

Finding that a Texas court hadn't followed its instructions, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that a Texas man who killed a store clerk during a botched robbery attempt "is a person with intellectual disability" and therefore cannot be put to death.

This is the second time the Supreme to be put to death for his crime.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min readPolitics
WATCH LIVE: Impeachment Hearings With Marie Yovanovitch, Ex-Ambassador To Ukraine
Yovanovitch was recalled from her post after a campaign to push her out led by President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. She is now appearing for the second day of open hearings in the inquiry.
NPR2 min read
Sugar, Spice & Rosé On Ice: 30 Introspective Songs For Autumn
A chilled-out roséwave playlist for morning walks and midday reflections during the sweetness of autumn.
NPR1 min read
KOKOKO!: Tiny Desk Concert
KOKOKO! are sonic warriors. They seized control of the Tiny Desk, shouting their arrival through a megaphone, while electronic sirens begin to blare.