In a four-three decision, a convicted killer’s appeal to stop his execution – at least partially on the basis that he is mentally retarded – has been denied by the State Supreme Court. Paul Goodwin used a hammer to beat to death his elderly St. Louis neighbor, Joan Crotts, in 1998. His lawyers argued that he was mentally retarded at the time and could not be put to death for the crime. The court disagreed.
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Supreme Court Opinion: Goodwin V. State of Missouri
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