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