Pennsylvania's high court says a man convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer can't be executed because he has an IQ of 74.
The state Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that Edward Bracey's below-average intellectual functioning made him ineligible for the death penalty.
Bracey is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole in the 1991 murder of 21-year-old officer Daniel Boyle.
Boyle's sister, Kathleen Wrigley, is the wife of North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley.
The Pennsylvania court voted 4-1 to uphold Judge M. Teresa Sarmina's January 2014 ruling sparing the 52-year-old Bracey.
The U.S. Supreme Court has barred execution of anyone deemed mentally disabled by a state.
Source: Associated Press, June 20, 2015
Report an error, an omission: email@example.com