United States of America: James Colburn: Mentally ill man scheduled for execution in Texas.

United States of America: James Colburn: Mentally ill man scheduled for execution in Texas.

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Index Number: AMR 51/158/2002
Date Published: 15 October 2002
Categories: Americas, USA

The State of Texas intends to execute James Blake Colburn on 6 November 2002, despite the fact that the 42-year-old has an extensive history of chronic paranoid schizophrenia, the symptoms of which include hallucinations and delusions. His mental illness is undisputed by the state: he was displaying signs of his illness on the day of the crime, and there is evidence that he was not competent to stand trial.


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