Crazy like a fox.
HOUSTON — A Mexican national on Texas death row has won a federal appeals court decision that allows him to try to show he's mentally impaired and can't be executed for a killing during a 1995 robbery in Houston.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in the case of 44-year-old Virgilio Maldonado.
Madonado, from the western Mexican state of Michoacan, already had a record, including a bank robbery and another slaying, when he was condemned for the shooting death of Cruz Saucedo. Prosecutors said Saucedo was killed for marijuana, money and a gun.
The mental impairment issue previously was rejected by a state court. The federal appeals court now will hold its own hearing. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled mentally impaired people can't be put to death.