Missouri man says panic attacks hampered trial

3 years 2 months 2 days ago Wednesday, October 15 2014 Oct 15, 2014 Wednesday, October 15, 2014 9:51:00 AM CDT October 15, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Supreme Court judges are weighing an argument that a man sentenced to die for killing an elderly couple didn't receive a fair trial because of his problems with anxiety.

A lawyer for Jesse Driskill, of Lebanon, said during a Wednesday hearing that Driskill was incompetent to stand trial and didn't receive anxiety medication, which sometimes prevented him from being present in court.

Driskill is seeking a new trial and a new sentencing hearing.

A state attorney says the trial court accommodated Driskill's anxiety by giving him breaks and allowing him to text or call his attorney while he watched from another room.

Driskill was convicted of murdering 82-year-old Johnnie Wilson and 76-year-old Coleen Wilson at their home near Lebanon in July 2010. He was sentenced to death.

 

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