LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' highest court has upheld the capital-murder conviction of an Iraq War veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend.
Justices on Thursday rejected Steven Russell's argument that he should have been found innocent because of a mental disease or defect in the 2009 death of Joy Owens. Russell was sentenced last year to life in prison without parole.
Russell's attorneys argued their client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deserves a new trial. His lawyers told the court during oral arguments last week that prosecutors were allowed to "doctor shop" to find a psychologist who said what the state wanted.
Justices said that the lower court properly used its discretion when faced with conflicting forensic evaluations about Russell's mental health.