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Execution of Mentally Ill Wisconsin Native Halted

Late Wednesday morning, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halted the state of Texas' scheduled execution of Wisconsin native, Scott Panetti.

His attorneys say he is too delusional to be put to death.

Panetti was sentenced to death for fatally shooting his in-laws 22 years ago. Though a native of Hayward, Wisconsin, the murders he was convicted of happened in Fredericksburg, Texas

His scheduled execution had been attracting worldwide attention, because of Panetti's long, documented history of mental illness. That illness has led both conservatives and liberals to call for Panetti's sentence to be reduced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich talks with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Kissinger, who is in Texas covering the story.

Editor's Note: This interview was conducted before the execution was stayed.

Michelle was named WUWM's digital manager in August of 2021.