A Delaware judge has ruled that a death row inmate who wants to waive all
appeals and be executed is mentally competent to make that decision.
Shannon M. Johnson was sentenced to death in 2008 for the September 2006 murder
of a man who he found sitting in a car with Johnson's former girlfriend.
Johnson later shot the former girlfriend, but she survived.
After the state Supreme Court upheld his conviction and death sentence, Johnson
said he did not want to pursue any further appeals.
In a ruling Monday in which she cited reports from several mental health
experts, Superior Court Judge M. Jane Brady said Johnson's IQ is above 70 and
that he is not mentally disabled. She concluded that Johnson understands the
legal consequences of waiving his rights to pursue further appeals.
(source: Associated Press)