Missouri man says panic attacks hampered trial
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri man sentenced to die for killing an elderly couple during a burglary at their home is appealing to the state Supreme Court.
Jesse Driskill, of Lebanon, contends he didn't receive a fair trial because of complications from his anxiety and panic attacks. Driskill says he was incompetent to stand trial and did not receive anxiety medication, which sometimes prevented him from being present in court.
Driskill was convicted of murdering 82-year-old Johnnie Wilson and 76-year-old Coleen Wilson at their home near Lebanon in July 2010. The couple had just celebrated their 59th anniversary when they found Driskill burglarizing the house.
The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments on Driskill's appeal Wednesday. Driskill is also serving seven life sentences for rape, sodomy and armed criminal action in the case.