Court Won't Revisit Inmate's Forced Medication

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - A divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has refused to reconsider its ruling that bars the forcible medication of a convicted killer so he becomes competent for execution.

Three of the nine judges on the court indicated support Wednesday for a rehearing sought by prosecutors in the case of 51-year-old Steven Staley.

In September, the court ruled a state judge lacked the authority to order the involuntary medication of Staley, who has a history of mental illness. Staley was convicted for the 1989 shooting death of a Fort Worth restaurant manager, Bob Read, during a botched robbery.

Tarrant County prosecutors insist he's competent for execution.

Staley's attorneys say it's only because a judge in Fort Worth improperly ordered Staley be given drugs to make him competent.

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