Louisiana's top court rules death row inmate can be executed
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana's top court has ruled a man sentenced to death for the 1991 fatal stabbing of an elderly couple isn't intellectually disabled and may be executed.
The Advocate reports the state Supreme Court issued an opinion Friday upholding a state judge's ruling in the case of Allen "Lil Boo" Robertson Jr., who was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of Morris and Kazuko Prestenback. A 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling said intellectually disabled people cannot be executed.
A psychologist hired by the defense testified at a hearing in 2016 that Robertson is intellectually disabled, while one hired by the prosecutor testified to the opposite. Two court-appointed psychologists split on the issue.
Robertson's attorneys say they'll seek relief in the federal court system.
No execution date has been set.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
LSU offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock breaks down QB race
LSU Tiger football fall practice heads outside
Back to school at Bains Elementary - Sunday Journal
Three injured after shots fired in Baker early Monday morning
Family of 1979 murder victims anxiously awaiting parole hearing for convicted killer...