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Lawyers: Condemned Arkansas man is mentally ill, should live

Jack Greene (Source: Arkansas Dept. of Correction) Jack Greene (Source: Arkansas Dept. of Correction)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lawyers for an Arkansas man scheduled to be executed next month say his life should be spared because he suffered sexual abuse as a child and comes from a family with a long history of mental illness.

The Arkansas Parole Board will hold a hearing Wednesday for Jack Greene, who is scheduled to die Nov. 9 for the 1991 killing of Sidney Jethro Burnett after Burnett and his wife accused Greene of arson.

In papers filed Monday, Greene's lawyers say he is mentally ill and that his execution would violate the U.S. Constitution and "bring shame on the state of Arkansas."

Lawyers for the state have said Burnett's family deserves justice.

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