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Supreme Court won't hear appeal of TX man on death row

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Posted: Oct 18, 2010 10:28 AM by Breanna Biehl
Updated: Oct 18, 2010 11:18 AM
Source: AP

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Topics: supreme court, mental retardation, death row, Michael Hall, intelligence test, killing, appeal, supreme, federal trial

The Supreme Court will not review a claim from a Texas death row inmate who says his mental impairment should prevent his execution.

A federal trial judge and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans have found that Michael Hall is not mentally impaired.

Hall scored 67 on an intelligence test at the time of his trial for the murder of a 19-year-old woman in 1998; a score of 70 generally is the threshold for impairment.

Hall and Robert Neville Jr. shot Amy Robinson, a mentally impaired woman who once worked with them at a Dallas-area supermarket.

Neville was executed in 2006.

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