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Man claims mental disability to get death sentence overturned

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The state attorney general's office is asking an appeals court for a hearing on an inmate's effort to get his death sentence overturned.

William Wiley claims he is mentally disabled. U.S. District Judge Allen Pepper Jr. ruled last November that Wiley should not be executed because of his mental condition.

The state contends Wiley's alleged mental disability has been disproved in Mississippi courts and has appealed the judge's decision to the fifth circuit.

Fifty-six year old Wiley has been on death row for 28 years. The man was sentenced to death for the 1981 killing and robbery of convenience store owner J.B. Turner.

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