Cop-killer's death penalty appeal goes before SCOTUS
BATON ROUGE - A death penalty appeal from a man convicted of killing a BRPD officer 22 years ago will go before the Supreme Court today.
The court will hear arguments from Kevan Brumfield, who was convicted of killing BRPD Cpl. Betty Smothers in 1993, that he should not be put to death because he is mentally impaired.
Smothers was the mother of former football player Warrick Dunn. Nine years her murder the Supreme Court ruled mentally ill people are protected from execution. The following year, federal judge found Brumfield was mentally incompetent and ineligible to be put to death. Last year, though, a federal appeals court in New Orleans overturned that ruling and found Brumfield was not mentally ill.
Smothers was taking a businesswoman to make a nightly deposit when armed robbers surprised and killed them. Henri Broadway is also facing the death penalty for his role in the murder, and he is seeking a new trial.