No mental retardation seen, psychologist says

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A clinical psychologist says he saw no signs of mental retardation in a man accused of fatally shooting two University of Central Arkansas students. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, William C. Nichols testified Friday in Faulkner County Circuit Court that a test he administered to 20-year-old Kelcey Perry showed that his IQ was 79.

Nichols said that is above the threshold for mental retardation. Perry's lawyers claim he is mentally retarded. Arkansas law does not allow execution of someone who is retarded. Perry is charged with capital murder in the October 2008 fatal shootings of 18-year-old Ryan Henderson and 19-year-old Chavares Block on the UCA campus.

In a plea deal with prosecutors, three other defendants have pleaded no contest to committing a terroristic act and agreed to testify against Perry.

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