The on-again, off-again scheduled execution of Connecticut serial killer Michael Ross may be off again. The lethal injection now is scheduled for 9 p.m. tonight, but Ross will go to court seeking to put to rest concerns about his mental competence that have led to frenzied appeals and five execution dates in six calendar days, the Hartford Courant reports. It’s now likely that there will be no execution for at least a month.
Ross’ lawyer, T.R. Paulding, will file court papers today that could prompt a more exacting analysis of Ross’ mental competence to forgo further appeals and “volunteer” to be executed. State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said, “We will fight for the criminal justice process to reach finality for the sake of all citizens, but most particularly for the victims’ families, who have endured this long ordeal.”