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High court hears challenge from death-row inmate

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 10, 2013 at 7:06 a.m. Updated January 10, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.

— A lawyer for an Arkansas death-row inmate says the prisoner deserves a new hearing because of ineffective legal counsel leading up to his conviction and sentence.

Brandon Eugene Lacy’s lawyer, Patrick Benca, told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday that there were issues about Lacy’s mental health that should have been brought up at trial.

An attorney for the state disagreed.

Lacy was sentenced to death in the slaying of 47-year-old Randall Walker. Walker’s burned body was found in 2007.

Prosecutors say Lacy hit Walker on the head with a fireplace poker, stabbed him in the chest with a knife and then used gasoline and a lighter to set fire to his mobile home.

The high court did not say when it would issue a ruling on the case.

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gjo1957 says... January 10, 2013 at 8:18 a.m.

Ineffective assistance of counsel is very often the basis of allegations for appeals. In other words." my lawyer didn't get me off"! I suppose that the defendant, Lacy, has now found God and is ministering to other death row inmates!

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Vickie55 says... January 10, 2013 at 8:34 a.m.

So now in addition to guns and knives we are going to have to outlaw fireplace pokers and gasoline?

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... January 10, 2013 at 8:37 a.m.

More taxpayer dollars wasted on this piece of subhuman garbage.

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TheBatt says... January 10, 2013 at 11:54 a.m.

Exactly what measure is the high court suppose to use for "ineffective counsel"? The evidence is extremely clear, the jury wasn't tainted, and this guy is GUILTY. Unfortunately, our "justice" system is FAR more tilted towards the guilty than the victim.

And don't be surprised, if the court were to rule against Lacy, the next appeal would be based on the "cruelty" of the current method of execution (yeah, bashing someone's head with a fireplace poker, stabbing them, then setting them on fire apparently is the mark of "humane").

When there is no doubt of guilt, then take them to the front lawn of the courthouse, and summarily hang them by the neck until dead. You want a deterrent- that's it. Further, do the same with child rapists.

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