A man sentenced to death for killing two deputies in 1997 will be allowed to argue that he is mentally retarded.
In a 6-1 decision, Supreme Court justices granted a limited post-conviction appeal for 28-year-old Eric Snow. He was convicted of killing Jefferson Davis County deputies Tommy Bourne and J.P. Rutland during a February 21, 1997 escape. Snow is the fifth Mississippi inmate on death row in the past two months to be allowed to pursue the mental retardation issue. In 2002, a ban on the execution of mentally retarded defendants was issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.