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Randleman case moving again after delays

Jessica Cuffman • Jul 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

The case against accused cop killer Kevin Randleman continues to move forward, as experts are finishing up reports on his mental competency.

Randleman is scheduled for an Atkins hearing in less than a month, where attorneys will argue whether he should face the death penalty for allegedly shooting Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn on March 19, 2011.

Last month, Randleman’s attorneys, Robert Dixon and public defender Jeff Whitacre, filed a formal motion for the long-anticipated hearing, now scheduled for August 23.

They say Randleman is ineligible for the death penalty because of intellectual disability.

The Atkins precedent comes from a 2002 United States Supreme Court ruling that said executing the mentally retarded is a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register.

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