UPDATE: Court sides with death row inmate

JACKSON – Mississippi death row inmate Charles Ray Crawford has won a hearing on whether a mental examination in an unrelated case was improperly used against him at his capital murder trial.

In court documents, Crawford argued to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a psychiatric evaluation, performed for the purpose of determining his competency in an unrelated rape trial, should not have been used in the capital murder case.

A 5th Circuit panel said Wednesday that the issue of the mental examination as it related to the capital murder case was not fully aired before a federal district judge denied Crawford’s claims in 2008.

Crawford, now 43, was sentenced to death in 1994 for the murder and rape of a Northeast Mississippi Community College student.

NEMS Daily Journal