US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal from Miss. death rown inmate

Published 4:56 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Mississippi death row inmate Mack Arthur King.

King was appealing a 2007 ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court, which ruled King was not mentally retarded and would not be given money to pay for another mental evaluation.

The nation’s high court without comment Tuesday declined King’s request to review his case.

King was convicted for the 1980 murder of 84-year-old Lela Patterson. The woman was beaten, strangled and drowned at her home during a burglary.

Her body was found in a bathtub. When he was arrested, King had some of her belongings, according to court records.