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Arkansas court says inmate not competent to choose death

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' highest court says a death row inmate convicted of strangling the daughter of a state legislator is not competent to say he wants to die.

Karl Roberts was convicted of capital murder in the killing of his niece, 12-year-old Andria Brewer, in 1999. The Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling Thursday overturns a circuit court ruling that found Roberts competent to decide between life and death, sighting a schizophrenia diagnosis.

Roberts has several times waived his right to appeal his death sentence and been ruled competent to make that decision.

He filed a request in 2012 to be allowed to appeal his sentence and conviction.

Brewer's mother Rebecca Petty was elected to the Arkansas House in 2014. She sponsored a law that allows victims' family members to witness executions in person.

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