Miss. death row inmate argues mental disability

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys for death row inmate Howard Dean Goodin have renewed claims that he is mentally retarded and told the Mississippi Supreme Court that examinations support those arguments.

Teresa L. Norris, representing Goodin, told justices Tuesday that Goodin was tested before the age of 18 and testing over 40 years have shown he is mentally disabled.

Norris says every doctor who testified in the case has found that the testing of Goodin was constant in showing mental illness.

Prosecutors say tests from 40 years ago are highly suspect because there is no method of validating them.

Norris, however, said in five IQ tests Goodin never scored higher than 65.

Goodin was convicted of capital murder in 1999 in the death of a Union, Miss., shopkeeper.