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Victim's Mother Wants Inmate Cleared For Execution
Updated September 2, 2014 1:40 PM | Filed under: Crime
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(FRANKLIN) - The mother of an Indiana college student killed nearly 17 years ago says it is time for the man convicted of her murder and rape to be executed.

A court hearing is scheduled to begin today in South Bend during which attorneys for 47-year-old Michael Dean Overstreet will try to convince a judge that he's too mentally ill to face execution.

Overstreet was convicted in 2000 of abducting, raping and killing 18-year-old Franklin College student Kelly Eckart of Boggstown in September 1997.

Connie Sutton tells the Daily Journal she doesn't believe Overstreet is suffering from delusions and hallucinations as doctors describe.
If the judge agrees that he is, Overstreet's execution could be postponed indefinitely.

Indiana has not carried out an execution since 2009.



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