The conviction and death sentence of an Indiana man for the double murder of two workers at a Columbia restaurant has been upheld by the Missouri Supreme Court. Earl Ringo Junior is under a death sentence for the 1998 killings. His appeals attorney says Ringo has a slow mental capacity and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because of childhood abuse. In the appeal, Ringo’s guilt was not questioned However, it says jurors might have gone easier on Ringo had they been told of his mental problems and sufferings from abuse. The state Supreme Court found that Ringo’s trial attorney had four experts examine Ringo’s mental and social development.

Related web sites:
Capital Punishment in Missouri Website
Missouri Supreme Court opinion
AUIDO: Oral argument before Missouri Supreme Court