LITTLE ROCK — Lawyers for an Iraq war veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend in Arkansas say his case never should have gone to trial.
Steven Russell's attorneys told Arkansas' highest court Thursday that their client should have been found innocent because of a mental disease or defect before the case ever went to trial.
Russell was convicted of capital murder in the 2009 death of Joy Owens and was sentenced last year to life in prison without parole. Russell's attorneys say their client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deserves a new trial.
His lawyers say prosecutors were allowed to "doctor shop" to find a psychologist who said what the state wanted.
The state wants the Arkansas Supreme Court to affirm Russell's conviction and sentence.