Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction
CLEVELAND -- A psychiatrist testifying for the state says a condemned inmate is mentally ill but understands he's facing execution because of his double murder conviction.
Abdul Awkal was scheduled to be put to death last week for killing his estranged wife and brother-in-law in a Cleveland courthouse in 1992. The governor issued a last-minute reprieve to allow a judge to consider whether the 53-year-old is mentally competent for execution.
The defense argues Awkal is too psychotic to be executed and says he thinks the CIA is plotting against him.
Psychiatrist Jennifer Piel (peel) testified Thursday that Awkal's delusions of alleged CIA harassment were related to his appeals, not to his understanding of why he's facing execution.
The judge didn't indicate when he would rule.
THOMAS J. SHEERAN
The Associated Press