Supreme Court reverses ruling sparing killer who forgot the crime

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Posted: Nov 06, 2017 9:51 AM

By Andrew Chung

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned a lower court ruling that an Alabama man convicted of killing a police officer in 1985 was no longer legally eligible to be executed because strokes wiped out his memory of committing the murder.

The state had appealed a March federal appeals court ruling that 67-year-old Vernon Madison could not be put to death because his memory loss had left him unable to understand the connection between his crime and the punishment he is due to receive.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)