Malvo has been convicted, and could face the death penalty:
|Originally posted by Lucia
This is not relevant to the sniper cases, but there was a terrible tragedy in NYC a few years ago, where a schizophrenic pushed a girl onto the subway tracks as a train came in, and she was killed. There was no argument that the man was a raving lunatic when unmedicated. Even worse, he frequently was under the care of social services agencies, but was always released, generally to live on his own, with no one to make sure he took his medications or even really check up on him, even though they knew of his tendency to almost immediately relapse. He had stopped his meds and was bonkers again when he killed the girl. His first trial hung, but he was convicted of 2nd degree murder (I think) in his second trial. They medicated him for both, which clearly presented an image to the jury which had nothing to do with his state of mind when he committed the act.The lack of social services/facilities in NYS for the mentally ill IMO was what killed the girl, as much as this crazy man did.
|Originally posted by jcat
It is relevant, because I'm sure there have been many cases where jurors were personally convinced that the perpetrator was "crazy" (and theoretically that could have been the case here), but were aware of the fact that many mental patients have been declared "cured" and released from mental institutions, only to suffer a major relapse and to represent a real danger to society. Jeffrey Dahmer was probably convicted for this reason.