A decision on the mental health of condemned killer Steven Staley likely will determine if Texas executes the former laborer this week a slaying almost a quarter-century ago in Fort Worth.
Staley, who's now 49, is scheduled for a lethal injection Wednesday evening for the death of 35-year-old Bob Read.
Staley was a fugitive from a halfway house in his native Denver when a Steak and Ale restaurant manager was shot dead during a botched robbery in October 1989.
Prosecutors contend Staley's competent to be put to death, but His lawyer says Staley is severely mentally ill with paranoid schizophrenia. Attorney John Stickels says Staley has been observed catatonic or lying on the floor of his jail cell covered with urine.
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