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STAYED - Michael Dean Overstreet - Indiana Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Friday 30 May 2008, 21:00
End : Friday 30 May 2008, 21:00
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Michael Dean Overstreet - Indiana Death Row - Scheduled Execution on May 30, 2008

Victims: Kelly Eckart

The Crime: He was convicted in 2000 of abducting, raping and murdering 18-year-old Kelly Eckart of Boggstown in 1997.

News: A federal judge on Tuesday granted a stay of execution for a man scheduled to die by lethal injection May 30 for raping and killing a Franklin College freshman in 1997.

The order by Judge Philip Simon specifies that Michael Overstreet of Franklin cannot be executed until after Aug. 10. It is expected he won't face execution until well after that, however, because his attorney last week indicated that Overstreet plans to pursue federal appeals he has remaining. Attorney Marie F. Donnelly argued that Overstreet had ineffective counsel at trial who failed to present evidence of Overstreet's mental illness and failed to object when spectators at the trial wore buttons with pictures of the murder victim on them. She also argues that Overstreet is not competent to be executed.

No evidence of Overstreet's mental illness was presented during his 4-week trial, though he had been diagnosed.

Overstreet, 42, was convicted in 2000 of abducting, raping and murdering 18-year-old Kelly Eckart, who was from Boggstown in Shelby County. She was driving home from work the night of Sept. 26, 1997, when she was abducted from her car at an intersection.

The stay was the 2nd granted in recent weeks for an Indiana death row inmate. On April 21, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young issued a 90-day stay for Benjamin Ritchie.

Ritchie, 28, of Indianapolis was running from officers after crashing a stolen van when he killed Officer William Toney, a police officer in the Indianapolis suburb of Beech Grove. Prosecutors said Ritchie fired 4 shots from a handgun as Toney hopped over a fence. One bullet hit Toney just above his protective vest, killing him within minutes.


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