Skip to comments.Alabama Executes Killer Who Rights Group Argued Was Mentally Ill
Posted on 07/26/2013 11:28:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Alabama executed a convicted murderer on Thursday who prisoners' rights groups said was mentally ill.
Andrew Reid Lackey, 29, was put to death by lethal injection at Holman Prison in Atmore, Alabama, prison officials said. It was the state's first execution since 2011. Lackey was convicted of killing Charlie Newman, an 80-year-old World War Two veteran in Athens, Alabama.
Andrew Reid Lackey, who was executed by Alabama on Thursday, was prescribed multiple psychotropic drugs, according to the Equal Justice Initiative.
Lackey made no statement before his execution, according to prison officials. He was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. local time (7:25 p.m. ET). Newman's grandson had told Lackey that his grandfather had a vault filled with gold bars, according to court documents.
On a 911 recording from Newman's home, the veteran's last words were, "Come sit down and let me pray for you." He was trying to calm Lackey, who was a close friend of his grandson, according to court record.
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I am not sure how being mentally allows you to kill someone and people think you shouldn’t be punished.
So what. Do they brutal murderers are well adjusted?
What a shame- one less POS for me/we the taxpayers to support.
What’s the problem?
All killers are mentally ill.
There are the mentally ill and then there are the mentally incompetent. Not that the difference matters anything at all to their victims.
“Come sit down and let me pray for you.”
I think it’s better is we said the he was “put to sleep” by the State.
They executed the wrong person.
Seems all the reason more to have him taken down.
There should be a new verdict:
Guilty BY reason of Gross Insanity with no hope for rehabilitation what so ever!
James Holmes would qualify for this verdict
Mentally ill? And we’re supposed to care? Why?
Hussein probably wanted to give him a medal.
Let's add this up shall we. We are supposed to oppose the death penalty because Lackey "shot and stabbed a WWII Vet during a robbery on Halloween". How does that make sense?
Let's face it, 90% of the Southern populace (Black or White) are borderline retarded, why else would they start voting Republican ?? not that the so-called Democrats are the party of the working class anymore but sleazy wedge issue (aka racism and religious intolerance) have somehow changed what was the bastion of the Democratic party into a bunch of Morlocks who vote for Republicans even though it's against their own self interests.
Example: Texas, the current Neanderthal Governor makes even Dub-ya seem like a Mensa star.
Texas, history will judge you, and I don't think it will be kind, except for a few jewels of creativity like Austin
your state would have been better left as part of Mexico.
Call it a 119th trimester abortion and the left will be all for it.
Of course, what the shrinks never talk about is why incidences of "paranoid schizophrenia", "multiple personality disorders" and so on are so rare in countries where having them is not a legal defence against murder :) IOW, people are playing the system...claiming insanity when they arent in order to avoid punishment.
sorry, I meant to say “not culpable”.
If the person does not need 24-7 care and attention, like a leash, with an attendant they should be help culpable
He didnt mean it.
I agree. In fact, a mentally ill murderer seems even more dangerous to me. Aside from accidental or self-defense killings, I’m not sure why any murderer’s excuse amounts to a reason not to execute them.
If he was mentally ill, why was he loose in the public domain?
What? Are they crazy?
Stupid is as stupid does. Where do you think he’s spending eternity? Who’s the idiot?
Dogs that are dangerous are put down, and no one ever tries to save them on the basis that they had a bad puppyhood or are incapable of knowing right from wrong. It’s a matter of public safety.
The execution of murderers (mentally ill or not) should be in the same category. They have demonstrated behavior that is incompatible with the safety and well-being of others. Putting them in prison does not do much to restrain that behavior, since the prison is then in the position of having to take extraordinary measures to isolate those murderers from the other prisoners, and to protect the guards. Execute them, and more prison resources can be turned towards rehabilitating the other prisoners.
There’s a classic rule under the English Common Law that if a person does not have the mental capacity to “make their peace with their Maker” they cannot be executed.
Under that rule, Ricky Rector should not have been executed.
But, simply being mentally ill does not by itself mean a person is unable to “make peace with their Maker”.
He’s spending eternity no where.
I've never understood that one either.
You have no idea.
You made a wrong turn. This is Free Republic, not Democrat Underground.
The prisoners rights group should take the positive view...his mental illness has been cured.
My sense is that refusing to execute murderers sends the message that life is cheap.
The number of murderers who lack the mental capacity to make their peace with their Maker is very small.
I know where I am. I was unaware that conservatism required superstition.
Any murder overlooked says that life is cheap.
An execution deferred due to inability to repent says that the salvation of your soul is invaluable.
Oh well. Guess they cured his mental illness.
Garbage pickup, aisle 6!
29 years old.....in Kalifornia, they’re on death row doing the appeals thing longer than that.
An execution deferred, messaging that life is cheap, means that in many places folks who had not yet repented but are murdered will go into eternity lost. So, underscoring the value of life means that the potential salvation of many souls is better than the potential salvation of one soul.
For the sake of discussion, let’s say Lackey suffered from a true mental illness and he was not responsible for his actions when he murdered an elderly man.
I contend they would be responsible for the for the murder of Mr. Newman as well as the execution of Lackey. This is the price paid because the rights of the mentally ill ( ie forced treatment) outweigh the rights of the Mr. Newman to live.
Those who are certifiable ought to be locked up - for our protection and theirs.
I am fairly certain that some of it is brought on and/or made worse by the drugs used to treat it. I am very wary of pill pushers and I think there are plenty of people in the head-shrinking business who are mentally ill themselves. Like some cops, they’ve just managed to be the ones on the outside of the bars.
The people in the “helping” professions who let these nutcases loose out of “compassion” for them ought to be held partially liable for some of the damage they do. They should first ask themselves if they’d want the person living next door to them.
Capital punishment. This is one of the very few areas where I’m in agreement with the liberal left, but for vastly different reasons.
I’m against capital punishment. The major political reason is that it is dangerous in the hands of those who are evil - like the current administration. Are you willing to take the chance that Zippy, Holder, et al will not declare you to be mentally ill because you disagree with them? We’ve seen how *responsible* they are with the power of the IRS, EPA, TSA, ....
I don’t want a corrupt government having the power of life and death over me, my family, my friends, conservatives, Christians, etc. If that means keeping a few murderers in prison rather than executing them, I’m willing to do so. Not saying that heinous murderers don’t deserve the death penalty, just saying that I don’t want the government to have that power and make those decisions.
Sad that you took a wrong turn somewhere. And going nowhere.
Well he’s cured now.
Some have to learn the hard way. Sad that they feel the need to peddle their garbage at F.R.
The number who would not be executed due to lacking the mental capacity to repent is small enough that execution of the remainder would provide deterrence to those capable of being deterred.
As for those not capable of being deterred, executing that small remainder would not deter them.
The problem with illnesses like schizophrenia is that they tend to be episodic. When the illness is not aflicting you, you are perfectly normal. When you are not, you are basically delusional and in severe cases are capable of hurting others and yourself. Unfortunately, there's no way of telling when the attacks are going to come.